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quinta-feira, 29 de julho de 2010

More New Zealand defence force troops sent to Afghanistan

WELLINGTON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Nine New Zealand Defence Force staff will be deployed for eight months in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp said on Thursday.

They will start in September. The nine will comprise seven staff officers and two medical staff. The staff officers will fill coordination and planning roles.

They will join the International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) provincial headquarters at Tarin Khowt base.

Mapp said similar deployments had been made in the past and this one would build on New Zealand's strong links with Australia.

Mapp said New Zealand was working with NATO and ISAF partners to build the capacity and security of the Afghan government and people.



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