SAS troops to remain in Afghanistan

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp has confirmed that SAS troops will stay in Afghanistan until March next year.

Dr Mapp was questioned about New Zealand's special forces and aid efforts in the war-torn country in a defence select committee meeting today.

He said Cabinet had approved the provincial reconstruction team's placement in Bamiyan province until September next year and the SAS contingent until March.

He said the Defence Force anticipated New Zealand would retain some form of presence within the reconstruction team beyond next year.

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