New Zealand troops leave for Iraq deployment

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Wellington – The main body of a New Zealand contingent left for Australia on Tuesday en route to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State insurgents.

According to the statement, the contingent was farewell by Governor Gen. Jerry Mateparae and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) commanders.

It said that NZDF had kept the departure secret for security reasons and would not be supplying details in advance of the onward to the Middle East from Australia.

The announced in February that up to 143 NZDF personnel would be deployed on a joint with Australia to help build the capacity of the Iraqi security .

The statement said that the Building Capacity was a non-combat for a -year period, with a to be conducted after nine months. (Xinhua/NAN)[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]