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New Zealand Announces Withdrawal Of Its Troops From Iraq Next Year

The New Zealand government announced on Monday that it would withdraw its troops from Iraq in June next year.

"In the next 12 months, New Zealand will be able to cut and end its commitments in Iraq," Prime Minister JacindaArdran said in a statement.

She added, "Four years ago, New Zealand made a commitment to the Iraqi government and international coalition forces to train and upgrade Iraqi security forces to prevent Daesh from growing its force, and we have made significant progress that made us reduce our participation by the end of next year, because of achieving what we went to.

"Despite the Daesh loss of land on Iraq and Syria, it remains a threat. Iraq needs constant international support as it moves towards recovery and stability," she said.

She said her country would increase its financial contributions to stabilize Iraq to NZ $ 3 million over the next three years, compared with 2.4 million in 2018 and 2019.

The New Zealand dollar is equivalent to $ 0.6630.

In 2015, New Zealand agreed to send 143 personnel to Iraq to participate in training Iraqi forces to fight Daesh, although they refused to participate in the war.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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