The Government has temporarily extended another of its military deployments to the Middle East, setting up a cluster of crucial decisions to be made before the end of the year.
It was Jacinda Ardern’s third trip to Australia in four months, but she keeps running into the same old obstacles with Malcolm Turnbull. Sam Sachdeva was in Sydney with the Prime Minister, and reports on the areas of contention - and cooperation - from her visit.
Defence Minister Ron Mark says a visit to Camp Taji has convinced him Kiwi trainers are both valued and wanted by Iraqi forces, but not that he was wrong to oppose their initial deployment.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government successfully navigated their first few months on the world stage, with only a few bumps in the road. However, 2018 may present some early tests for Ardern and her team, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
The Islamic State’s military defeat in Iraq does not eliminate the terror threat it poses to the rest of the world, including New Zealand, a counter-terrorism expert says.
In today's email we follow up on a weekend spent at the National Party annual conference in Wellington.
Mark Mitchell has completed his first trip to Iraq as Defence Minister, saying Kiwi trainers are having a significant impact on the morale and quality of Iraqi troops. However, Mitchell warns the battle to defeat Islamic State won’t be easy, and is coming at a significant human cost, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
Military service runs in the blood of new Defence Minister Mark Mitchell, who has picked up the portfolio at a time of growing global instability. Sam Sachdeva spoke to him about New Zealand’s role in fighting terrorism and his exposure to the worst of humanity during the Iraq War.