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 of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse.
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.
“We cannot, and should not, fight Iraq’s battles for them -- and actually Iraq doesn’t want us to,” he told parliament.
“Our military can, however, play a part in building the capability and capacity of the Iraqi forces so they can fight ISIS themselves,” he said.
“Sending our forces to Iraq is not an easy decision but it is the right decision,” he said.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر