British Army Special Force, Special Air Service Accused Of Committing A Felony War Crimes While Deployed In Afghanistan – Investigation Report: UK Special Forces Commits Heinous War Crimes in Afghanistan
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The Special Air Service (SS), a British Army special force, has been accused of committing felony war crimes while deployed in Afghanistan. This thing has come out from the investigation report of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) itself. According to this report, there are indications that the SAS illegally killed 54 people during one of its six months deployment in Afghanistan.
The BBC has also claimed on the basis of its investigation that the former SAS did not provide evidence for the murder investigation. The BBC has said that the former head of the SAS, General Sir Mark Carlton-Smith, was informed of the alleged illegal killings. But he did not provide evidence to the Royal Military Police (RMAP). When the RMP started investigating the allegation, he did not provide evidence even after that. Later General Carlton-Smith became the head of the British Army. He retired from this post only last month.
This report has raised serious questions on the British Army. But the British government has defended it. The UK Defense Ministry said in a statement that these forces “served their service in Afghanistan with “courage and professional skill”. General Carlton-Smith also declined to comment on the matter to the BBC.
An analysis of documents relating to the SAS operation was presented in the BBC special program Panorama. A squad of SAS was stationed in Helmand province of Afghanistan in 2010-11. There he performed dozens of actions under the name ‘Kill or Capture’ (Kill or Capture). Individuals who had served in that SAS squad narrated the incidents they had seen to the BBC. He said the squad killed unarmed people during night raids. They later placed weapons like AK-47s at the scene, so that the killings could be justified later.
Several employees who had served in the British Special Forces told the BBC that the SAS squads were competing to kill as many people as possible. The squad investigated by the BBC was said to be trying to get credit for killing most of the people. According to the BBC, internal e-mails revealed that the highest-ranking officials were aware of these incidents. He also expressed concern over illegal killings. But when the RMP investigated, those officers did not convey their opinion to him.
The BBC report mentions many special incidents. For example, on the night of 29 November 2010, the squad killed a man who had already been detained. On 15 January 2011, a person detained was also executed. In respect of all these incidents, the squad recorded that after their arrest, they tried to escape or attacked with weapons.