John Key is suggesting that we could deploy the NZSAS to Iraq in order to protect other troops deployed to Iraq…think about that for a moment.
New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces.
Prime Minister John Key confirmed that was one option under consideration as the government continues to weigh up its response to the rise of Islamic State (IS) n Iraq and Syria.
Key announced earlier this month a raft of measures including foreign fighter legislation to crack down on Kiwis wanting to sign up to the IS cause.
He also announced plans to send a contingent of New Zealand soldiers to Iraq to train local forces but ruled out a combat role and said they would be largely confined to the classroom and “behind the perimeter” fence.
Speaking to Fairfax on his way to the G20 summit in Brisbane at the weekend, Key said the Government was still weighing up the shape of its contribution, and said he could not rule out deploying the SAS.