New Zealand has announced that it will withdraw its last remaining troops from Afghanistan by May, concluding a 20-year deployment that was the country’s longest-running one. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Afghanistan’s internal peace process represented the best prospect for an enduring political solution in the troubled country, meaning the New Zealand Defence Force was no longer required. Al Jazeera reports that the country had deployed more than 3,500 defence and other agency personnel to Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001 but that the numbers of forces deployed has been steadily reduced in recent years with only 6 remaining.