New Zealand troops will soon be coming home from Iraq in the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
This seems a good timeframe. NZ troops have played a small but valuable role in training up the Iraqi Armed Forces. And it worked. They turned the tide on Islamic State and have now reclaimed all their lost territory.
Of course all three parties in Government opposed this role. Shamefully the current Defence Minister said the Iraqi military were cowards and we should not help them.
So it was the right decision to be there and help the people of Iraq reclaim their country from ISIL. But now that has happened, it is a good time to return home.