New Zealand plans to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June 2020

The New Zealand and Australian troops were station in Taji Military Complex. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 June 2019

New Zealand plans to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June 2020

  • The country has 95 noncombat personnel at Taji Military Complex
  • They will also decrease the number of defense force personnel in Afghanistan

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand says it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June.
The South Pacific nation has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, where they are tasked with training Iraqi security forces.
The training mission is a joint operation with Australia, which has about 300 troops stationed at Taji. Australia has not made any announcement about its long-term plans at the base.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the number of New Zealand troops will be reduced to 75 by July and then to 45 by January before all the troops all withdrawn.
Ardern also announced New Zealand will reduce the number of defense force personnel it has posted in Afghanistan from 13 to 11.


India evacuates over 180 nationals from Sudan as coronavirus travel bans continue

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India evacuates over 180 nationals from Sudan as coronavirus travel bans continue

  • The stranded nationals included a pregnant woman and eight elderly Indians
  • They were repatriated through Dubai on a FlyDubai plane

DUBAI: The Indian Embassy in Khartoum announced the evacuation of 189 nationals stranded in Sudan due to COVID-19 travel regulations, Sudan’s state news agency SUNA reported.
In a statement the embassy expressed its gratitude to the various government ministries and the Sudanese – as well as the national civil aviation authority and immigration authorities at Khartoum international airport for the process.
The stranded nationals included a pregnant woman and eight elderly Indians who were repatriated to New Delhi through Dubai on a FlyDubai airplane.
So far, Sudan has reported 5,499 coronavirus infections, 314 deaths and 1,711 recovered patients.