September 20, 2012

SAS Officers Sent to Afghanistan 'To Find Killers of Kiwi Troops'

Afghanistan Sun (ANI) Thursday 20th September, 2012 | Four logistics officers of the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) have been sent to Afghanistan to gather intelligence for a retribution attack on insurgents who killed five troops.

The officers, who left last week, are based in Kabul and have been working with the International Stabilisation and Assistance Force and special forces allies.

The Government announced last month the officers would be sent to Afghanistan after three soldiers were killed in the Bamiyan province when a roadside bomb, or improvised explosive device (IED), hit their vehicle.

According to, two weeks earlier two other soldiers were killed in a fire fight with insurgents in the same area.

All five troops were part of New Zealand's provincial reconstruction team based in the province.

According to the report, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key stressed the logistics officers were not combat troops.

"They are working on trying to get better intelligence on the IED bombers and those who undertook the attack against our people," the report quoted him, as saying.

"In the event that we can build that case, because you have to go through quite a legal process, that would allow essentially an attack to be undertaken against those people," he added.

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