New Zealand Defence Force's final troops return from Afghanistan

The last of our troops in Afghanistan have returned home, ending the New Zealand Defence Force's 20-year deployment.

The final six personnel marked their departure by lowering the New Zealand flag at the NATO compound in Kabul, for the final time.

More than 3500 personnel served on the ground, 10 of whom never made it home alive.

The New Zealand flag was lowered for the final time in Kabul as the final six personnel departed war-torn Afghanistan. 

While our troops have left, the destruction continues. Daily sticky bomb attacks in Kabul are a constant reminder of the risk still there.