New Zealand to send troops to counter IS


Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said that the country will be sending troops to Iraq to counter the terror group Islamic State (IS). The proposal to deploy the troops to Iraq is considered as New Zealand’s overall contribution to the International anti- IS coalition.

The New Zealand government would deploy 100 troops in the fight. The PM said that the troops would be training the Iraqi security forces, so that they can fight better with the IS.

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The soldiers from New Zealand would be deployed at Taji Military complex, north of Baghdad.

According to Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee the training would cover a broad range of individual and organizational Military skills which will include basic weapon skills, individual and unit military skills for combat operations.