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NZ mentioned among leaked US documents

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Wellington, July 26 NZPA - The New Zealand Defence Force was mentioned among the 90,000 United States military records leaked recently.

The records, posted online on Sunday, amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings as well as covert operations against Taliban figures.

The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks posted the documents on its website on Sunday. The New York Times, London's Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the documents.

The White House has condemned the document disclosure, saying it "put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk."

Prime Minister John Key said there was an incident five years ago involving the New Zealand Defence Force which wrote a report after a friendly-fire incident in which the Afghan government and national police misunderstood who they were under fire from.

The incident happened in New Zealand's Bamiyan area which was why they reported on it.

While Mr Key said he had not read the reports, his experience was that New Zealand's troops did a good job in Afghanistan.

"I think New Zealanders can be proud of the efforts we're making towards trying to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan," he said.

The leaked records include detailed descriptions of raids carried out by a secretive US special operations unit called Task Force 373 against what US officials considered high-value insurgent and terrorist targets. Some of the raids resulted in unintended killings of Afghan civilians, according to the documentation.

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