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NZ commando troops to leave Afghanistan in March

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's elite commandos will pull out of Afghanistan in March, ending the Special Air Service troops' eight-year engagement in the war against insurgents.

Prime Minister John Key said the 35-troop contingent will leave the Afghan capital, Kabul. They have spent the past two years training the city's Crisis Response Unit soldiers to take the lead in securing the city.

Key said the troops had suffered the deaths of two SAS soldiers killed in action this year, the country's first combat deaths in a decade.

Key said in a statement that he regrets the soldiers' deaths, but he does not regret New Zealand's commitment to operations in Afghanistan.

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