NZ to leave Afghanistan in April 2013
New Zealand yesterday formally announced it will pull its troops out of Afghanistan by April 2013.
Officials say this is a reflection of "careful logistical planning" and is part of the international forces' transition plan.
The announcement comes after five New Zealand soldiers were killed in two incidents last month.
Over its 10-year deployment, the New Zealand PRT [Provincial Reconstruction Team] has contributed to international counter-terrorism efforts, improved security, and the development and governance of Bamiyan province.," Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said in a statement.