New Zealand Defence Force personnel formed a provincial reconstruction team (PRT) in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Their work included taking part in building schools, working with local education officials on planning and training, and helping with the provision of basic equipment. Captain Kalo Lalahi is shown here in 2009 handing out pens, books and radios for the Bamyan Orphanage School, which was close to the Kiwi base.
The work done by the PRT was strongly supported in New Zealand. More controversial was the work of the SAS (Special Air Service) branch of the Defence Force, particularly after allegations that prisoners they handed on to Afghan and US forces were tortured. While mentoring the Afghan military and police, the SAS became actively involved in a number of operations.
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