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John Key promises to visit Kiwi troops in Iraq

John Key has confirmed he will visit New Zealand troops in Iraq, insisting he wouldn't send troops to a place he wouldn't go to himself.

The Prime Minister says he would send troops to somewhere he wouldn't go himself. Source: 1 NEWS

"I wouldn't send any troops to a place I wasn't prepared to go myself," the Prime Minister said.

Describing ISIS as a death cult, Mr Key told Q A this morning that while there is some risk in sending New Zealand soldiers, he has been advised that if we do nothing there is a greater risk.

"If we do nothing a stronger ISIL puts at risk all New Zealanders...fighters will return indoctrinated...I think they present tremendous risks in countries they return to," Mr Key says.

Tens of thousands of foreign fighters fighting for ISIL undertake the most barbaric and inhumane actions that any of us have seen, says Mr Key.

"They live under a world view which is so different and remote from anything in New Zealand we can ever imagine...some New Zealanders who are part of the foreign fighting group will inevitably come back," he says.

Mr Key says he is not aware of any specific threat against New Zealand since the announcement that we are sending a 143-strong mission to Iraq for up to two years to train Iraqi security forces to fight the radical Islamists.

Labour's defence spokesman Phil Goff says what's required is money.

"The $35 million we're spending putting troops into Iraq, so we'll have 16 trainers, that money could make a real difference in keeping people alive in refugee camps," Mr Goff says.