New Zealand accelerates withdrawal from Afghanistan

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“We need to make it the shortest timeframe we can now logistically, but we have to do it with our partners,” Key said, adding that ending New Zealand’s role immediately would send the wrong message.

“If we do that,” Key said, “then the thousands of people who have lost their lives have been in vain. And I just don't think that reflects the values and principles that underpin New Zealand.”

Ten soldiers from New Zealand have died during the Afghanistan conflict, including five this month alone. A roadside bomb killed three New Zealand troops on Sunday. 

There are 145 troops from New Zealand stationed in the relatively stable Bamyan province, where they have been based for the past nine years.