New Zealand extends deployment of troops to train Iraqi defence forces

June 20, 2016 5:53 AM

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New Zealand extends deployment of troops to train Iraqi defence forces

New Zealand said on Monday it will extend the deployment of troops training Iraqi defence forces in their fight against Islamic State militants.

The troops, which currently number around 105, would remain in Iraq until November 2018, 18 months longer than previously planned, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said in a statement.

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