Hope the Taliban are patient!

Stuff reports:

A Defence Force Hercules headed to Afghanistan to evacuate New Zealand citizens and Afghan allies will take three days to reach the Middle East, in a high risk but “manageable” mission.

An Air Force C130 Hercules departed Auckland at about 10.20am on Thursday, carrying some of the nearly 80 Defence Force staff who have been deployed on the mercy mission.

So it will get there nine days after it became apparent the Taliban were about to take over.

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