The Government is keeping a tight lid on the identities of the soldiers being deployed to Iraq to ensure the safety of both them and their families from what it calls a barbaric terrorist group with “broad tentacles”.
The New Zealand Defence Force’s reconnaissance team has already arrived in Iraq and next month Kiwi troops were expected to be deployed to train Iraqi soldiers in the fight against Islamic State (IS).
While the threat to soldiers and their families shouldn’t be a worry on a “daily basis”, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee told
TVNZ’s Q+A it was enough of a concern to warrant protecting the identities of all those being deployed.
The deployment would still be recognised at a Government level but their departure would be treated “a little different this time” to ensure all the right protections, he said.
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