New Zealand will be sending troops to Iraq, and you read it first on The Standard.
October last year, ISIS Talks with Obama May Signal New Zealand’s Imminent Decision to Join Fight.
The Defence Force revealed that military leaders from various countries do not meet regularly and admitted that it was not just a “normal” meeting. It was the first time a meeting with high-ranking military officials from different countries was conducted after a coalition was formed to fight the extremist group.
Security analyst Paul Buchanan said that the presence of New Zealand’s defence chief in the meeting with Mr Obama strongly suggests that the country will join the campaign against ISIS. He said if it was only a negotiation for a possible role, a diplomat would have been sent instead. Since the head of New Zealand’s military forces was sent to the meeting, it may mean the government has “already agreed to some role.”
Phil Goff from December last year, Time for Govt to come clean on deployment.
The National Government is refusing to come clean about pre-deployment training for Iraq because they cannot justify their decision to deploy our troops, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.
“John Key and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee have already decided to commit our Defence Force; that is why training is underway. “It is time they fessed up and admitted that.
Earlier this year, NZ Defence Force in training for Iraq deployment.
The Defence Force is now training for an Iraq deployment, the Government says, after batting away suggestions the army was training as early as last year.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee today announced the defence force could undertake “special contingency training” for a deployment that could be announced as early as the end of the month.
Further confirmation this morning – Iraq troop deployment decision may have already been made.
The official call on sending New Zealand troops to Iraq will be made today – but an Australian report says the decision may have already been made.
It’s understood Cabinet will today agree in principle to a deployment to help in the fight against Islamic State, after concerns were eased over the Iraqi Government’s refusal to sign a “status of forces” agreement setting out the legal status of the New Zealand troops.
But according to a report by The Australian newspaper during the weekend, a decision between the two countries has already been made and today’s announcement will formalise that agreement.
Labour under Clark allowed a vote in Parliament about deployment. Key is not allowing that scrutiny, Iraq vote not required – Key.
Cabinet will decide today whether New Zealand will send a deployment of about 100 troops on a training mission to assist in the US-led coalition’s fight against Islamic State.
The decision, due to be announced today or tommorrow, will then be taken to Parliament for a debate only. Mr Key told Morning Report it did not need to go to a vote as the proposal was for training forces not combat troops.
Why don’t we stop pretending? – this decision was made months ago.
Update: Russel Norman