New Zealand will send three extra people to Afghanistan to help support NATO.
Just days after US President Donald Trump called for NATO allies to boost military capabilities in Afghanistan, New Zealand’s government confirmed troop numbers will grow by 30 per cent.
It means New Zealand Defence Force’s involvement will be increased from 10 personnel to 13 – all of whom are non-combatants.
“New Zealand will continue to stand alongside our partners in supporting stability in Afghanistan and countering the threat of international terrorism,” he added.
New Zealand forces are deployed as mentors to cadets at Kabul’s National Army Officer Academy.
The three additional personnel are set to be based in administrative roles in NATO headquarters in Afghanistan.