It would be his least preferred option (Why?) but he can’t rule out SAS. That basically means he will send SAS personnel but he won’t tell us. Just like Helen Clark 10 years ago.
Prime Minister John Key won’t rule out sending New Zealand’s elite SAS personnel to assist US efforts to counter Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq or even Syria but says that would be done reluctantly as a last resort, if at all.
Mr Key also confirmed New Zealand was assessing its security alert following recent reports of a terrorist plot in Australia and that he was seeking advice about New Zealanders fighting for groups like Isis who want to return home.
New Zealand has been named by the US State Department as one of more than 60 countries in the coalition supporting its efforts to counter Islamic State, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Mr Key said this afternoon New Zealand hadn’t at this stage received any requests for assistance but nevertheless, “I would expect to get some advice on what are the options available to New Zealand but obviously we couldn’t act on those even if we wanted to in the short term because we’re in the caretaker mode (until the new Government is sworn in) “.