September 12, 2005

NZ Out Of Afghanistan?

Did you know that NZ has special forces deployed in Afghanistan still?

For now, most of the Australians are based in a self-contained section of a sprawling air base run by the US at Baghram, north of Kabul. A small number of New Zealand special operations troops are also at the base. -

Bizarre weather in Chch. Overcast, cold but also with brilliant sunny patches that make one think of summer.

Sock is still weaning her pups, she is taking her time over it! I'm getting sick of the daily trips over to St. Martins, it's bloody expensive. Hopefully should only be so for another week or two at the most.

Posted by phreq at September 12, 2005 03:43 PM | TrackBack

If you have Engineers over there then you want the SAS around.

Posted by: Southenz at September 12, 2005 08:39 PM

bizarre and freezing weather you mean ;p

Posted by: Jenni at September 13, 2005 03:40 PM

The SAS going back to Afghanistan was on the news a little while back, but it was only a short item. I knew cos of my 'military connections', but it wasn't kept a secret when they left...

Posted by: toni at September 14, 2005 11:16 AM

Are "we" in Iraq as well? I thought we had pulled out of there after G.W.Bush declared "victory" a couple of years ago...

Posted by: phreq at September 14, 2005 03:15 PM

I suspect Kiwis are there as the SAS are often on assignment with the Regiment or AUS SAS.

Posted by: Southenz at September 14, 2005 04:54 PM

As I understand it, the Afghanistan thing is not a sole US project (as Iraq is- ie unsanctioned by the UN etc) so there's more international support for it. They periodically show soldiers leaving/coming home on the news here so it hasn't been a secret. Besides, we do have to train our troops somehow!

We had some engineers in Iraq as part of a UN project also, but no troops. see -

Posted by: Emba at September 15, 2005 10:41 AM

Yeah, I do remember seeing something about it at some stage, but I usually think of our soldiers being in East Timor and so on. I hope that wherever they are, they are receiving all the stuff they need to do they job and be safe, unlike the American troops who still have unarmoured vehicles in Iraq because the army can't supply proper armour.

Posted by: phreq at September 15, 2005 01:13 PM

Very interesting site, beautiful design, thank.

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