New Zealand to send troops to Afghanistan

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Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will send about 40 military troops to Afghanistan.

The troops will help in the evacuation of people from the Afghanistan – including Afghan nationals who worked with the country.

Currently, the government is working with around 53 New Zealanders to evacuate them. There are also 37 Afghans who may have worked alongside the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) that they would try to help evacuate along with their families.

Many of the people who helped New Zealand troops when they were in Afghanistan are now in hiding and fear they will be targeted by the Taliban.

All commercial flights have been suspended from Kabul airport, which is currently the only way out of Afghanistan.

New Zealand has had a long term presence in Afghanistan. All together we have sent around 3,500 troops and personnel over the past 20 years.

Ten New Zealanders died while serving in Afghanistan. In February, New Zealand announced it was ending its military presence there.

6 Responses

  1. we hope they arrive safely and return home safely. Taliban sounds very brutal in their approaches.

  2. This is very emotional and hard for those who are going through this hard moments. As us we live in peace so I’m very grateful that we don’t hear bullets or any type of harm😥😥😥😥😥😮😮😥😥😥😥😥😥

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