NZ forces to leave Afghanistan in April
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 3:31p.m.
New Zealand's Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by the end of April next year, the Government has confirmed.
Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the transition to local forces in Bamyan province will be complete by then.
"Over its 10-year deployment, the New Zealand PRT has contributed to international counter-terrorism efforts, improved security, and the development and governance of Bamyan province," he said on Monday.
"Our success is reflected in Bamyan's position as a leader in the transition process."
There are about 140 personnel in the PRT.
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