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February 24, 2015 3:03 AM

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WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand will send troops to Iraq on a non-combat mission helping to boost the local military's capacity to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organisation, Prime Minister John Key said on Tuesday.

Key said about 140 troops would begin a "behind the wire" mission in May after a request from the Iraqi government for international help in increasing its military capability to battle the militants.

Also read: US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

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