World Bulletin / News Desk
New Zealand will accelerate the withdrawal of its soldiers from occupied Afghanistan after it lost another three troops.
Prime Minister John Key said on Monday it was "highly likely" Wellington would start the pullout of its 145-strong contingent by next April, around six months earlier than expected.
"I want our boys and girls to come home and it's awful that we've lost them," Key said. "But we are in this now and we've been in it for a long time and we have to make the exit in a considered way. We're not the sort of country that cuts and runs."
New Zealand's move to bring troops home early follows France, the fifth biggest troop contributor to the NATO-led coalition and which has also moved its withdrawal forward following a string of insider attacks.
Three New Zealand soldiers, including a woman, were killed by an improvised bomb in northeast Bamiyan on Sunday, thought to be the country's most secure province until a string of recent attacks by insurgents on foreign and Afghan forces.Last Mod: 20 Ağustos 2012, 15:44