Afghanistan

NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

Personnel: Up to 13

New Zealand has made a military contribution to Afghanistan since 2001. Since 2013, the New Zealand Defence Force has contributed personnel to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy just outside of Kabul to mentor and support the development of Afghan National Security Forces. The Academy is led by the United Kingdom and forms part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

In June 2019, Cabinet agreed to continue New Zealand's deployment mandate to Afghanistan out to December 2020, and to explore opportunities to support Women, Peace and Security initiatives in Afghanistan. Personnel numbers will decrease from 13 to 11 over this period.

For more information on Operation Resolute Support go to: https://www.rs.nato.int/(external link) (external link).

Copies of Cabinet papers and the associated minutes of decision regarding the Afghanistan contribution are linked to in the Deployment Articles section below.