Government announces extra non-combat personnel, boosting contingent to 13, as part of Nato mission, but still to decide about Trump’s call for fighting troops

Just days after the United States said it would increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and ask its allies to do the same, New Zealand has announced an extra three non-combat military personnel, boosting its military commitment to 13.

Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan, committing the United States to an open-ended conflict and signalling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war.

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