Acting PM Winston Peters confirms NZDF troops in Iraq not hit by Iranian attacks

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters called for calm and diplomacy following Iranian missile strikes on bases housing United States troops in Iraq, but confirmed New Zealand's base in the country was not hit.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) was earlier today investigating claims New Zealand's base in Iraq had been hit, but in a statement in the afternoon, Mr. Peters said the missiles had not targeted the camp.

"The Government has been informed that all New Zealand personnel are as safe as they can be in these developing circumstances," he said.

"The Government is working actively with our partners through military and diplomatic channels, and we continue to keep the security situation under close review, including implications for our personnel,” the Acting PM added.

New Zealand currently has 45 Defence Force personnel stationed at Camp Taji, near the city, where they have trained Iraqi soldiers since 2015. Five more personnel are based in Baghdad.

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