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Afghan situation on positive track, says Mapp

By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, June 24 NZPA - Administrations with forces in Afghanistan are confident the situation there will improve to a stage where it will be set to self-govern by the end of 2011, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says.

SAS Should Come Home, Says Goff

SAS Should Come Home, Says Goff
Wellington, March 2 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has again called for the Government to recall the Special Air Service (SAS) from Afghanistan, a day after Government revealed details about what is believed to be the soldiers' first gun battle in Kabul.

Government Faces Questions Over Role Of SAS In Afghanistan

Government Faces Questions Over Role Of SAS In Afghanistan
Wellington, Jan 24 NZPA - The Government will face questions when Parliament resumes next month over the role of New Zealand's Special Air Service in Afghanistan.

Academic Says Sas Combat Leaves Key In Breach Of Pledge

Academic Says Sas Combat Leaves Key In Breach Of Pledge
Wellington, Jan 24 NZPA - A politics academic says Prime Minister John Key broke his promise to the New Zealand public that the Special Air Service (SAS) personnel in Afghanistan would not be fighting alongside the soldiers it was training.

Army Deploying LAVs To Support SAS In Afghanistan

Army Deploying LAVs To Support SAS In Afghanistan
Wellington, Nov 13 NZPA - Three of the army's light armoured vehicles and their crews are being sent to Afghanistan to support the Special Air Service (SAS) troops in operations there. Defence Minister Wayne Mapp said the deployment would be for as long as necessary.

Prime Minister Confirms SAS Are In Kabul

Prime Minister Confirms SAS Are In Kabul
Wellington, Oct 5 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has confirmed New Zealand SAS troops are in Kabul, Afghanistan. The location of New Zealand's secretive Special Air Service (SAS) troops was revealed by Norway's defence chief.

NZ Troops Out Of Afghanistan In Five Years, Key Tells Nato

NZ Troops Out Of Afghanistan In Five Years, Key Tells Nato
By Maggie Tait of NZPA New York, Sept 23 NZPA - New Zealand troops will be out of Afghanistan in three to five years, Prime Minister John Key told the head of Nato today.

NZ Won't Increase Troop Commitment To Afghanistan, McCully Says

NZ Won't Increase Troop Commitment To Afghanistan, McCully Says
Wellington, Sept 22 NZPA - New Zealand's troop commitment to Afghanistan won't be increased, despite a top American commander warning the war could be lost unless more soldiers are sent in, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

Labour Opposes Latest SAS Deployment In Afghanistan

Labour Opposes Latest SAS Deployment In Afghanistan
Wellington, Sept 22 NZPA - The previous government sent Special Air Service (SAS) troops to Afghanistan three times but Labour opposes the latest deployment.

SAS Taskforce Has Arrived In Afghanistan, Key Says

SAS Taskforce Has Arrived In Afghanistan, Key Says
Wellington, Sept 21 NZPA - A Special Air Service (SAS) taskforce of just over 70 troops has arrived in Afghanistan, Prime Minister John Key said today. He announced in August the Government had decided to send 70 of the elite troops to Afghanistan for 18 months in three rotations.

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