Government reviewing troop deployments to fight Daesh

The government is reviewing troop deployments in Iraq.

Fairfax reports:

Cabinet is reportedly reviewing New Zealand’s role in the fight against Islamic State.

Seven months after the Government’s decision to deploy 143 New Zealand troops to Iraq, New Zealand’s impact on the global fight against IS is being analysed, according to TheNew Zealand Herald.

The review comes two months earlier than was stipulated.

Minister Gerry Brownlee told the newspaper that the Government will take into account factors such as the Iraqi Government progress and the “broader counter-ISIL campaign”.

He confirmed that were no chance the current two-year mission would go beyond training Iraqi forces.

“We have a commitment to Iraq at the moment around training and that is all we have as commitment,” Brownlee said.

However, he would not comment on the potential for additional missions and whether New Zealand forced could engage IS in direct combat.  

“While it might be enjoyable to speculate what might happen, I’m not going to do that,” he said.

Brownlee’s office said in a statement: “Cabinet directed officials to conduct a review of New Zealand’s deployment to Iraq after nine months.

“The review will predominantly focus on New Zealand’s contribution to the training of the Iraqi Army at Taji, however other factors including progress in the Iraqi Government and the broader counter-ISIL campaign will also be considered.

“The review is currently underway and will be submitted to Cabinet for consideration in March 2016. It is intended that findings from the review will be publicly announced shortly after this.”

Labour of course are not wanting to enter the fight against Daesh.

Former Minister and Labour Party defence spokesman, Phil Goff, believes the Government will inevitably be asked for more from the global coalition.

“Experience tells us we should be alert to the probability new reasons will be found to sustain the engagement,” he told The NZ Herald.

“I don’t doubt there will be further pressure on New Zealand to make further commitments, that’s been true of every military deployment we have been involved with post-World War II,” Goff said.

Goff said decision need to be “in the context of effective action”, and that training concerns centre around the fact the Americans invested $25 billion in the Iraqi but haven’t achieved much.

See the weasel words there…talking about “effective action”. Watch Labour oppose the further deployment of troops, including the potential to send our NZSAS to engage with Daesh.

The government should, if asked, supply more of a committment to the fight. Daesh are evil and we have a history of fighting evil.


– Fairfax


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