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10 July 2017

SAS hero rubbishes £6million military investigation into shoot-to-kill policy in Afghanistan

AN SAS hero has rubbished a £6million probe into shoot-to-kill policy in Afghanistan, saying: “We did nothing wrong.”

He said his regiment’s illegal killing of unarmed civilians was “an unwritten rule of our job”.

An SAS hero has slammed a multi-million pound military probe into the regiment's shoot-to-kill policy
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An SAS hero has slammed a multi-million pound military probe into the regiment’s shoot-to-kill policy[/caption]

He said: “We went in hard. I admit the tactics do sound gruesome, but these were bad men.

“We hunted them down only after their guilt had been established by a local informants and our various high-tech assets.”

He also said SAS troops planted weapons on the bodies of unarmed Taliban chiefs as it was the only way to prove they killed a terrorist.

He told The Mail on Sunday: “We went in hard and I admit the tactics do sound gruesome, but these were bad men.”

The soldier also told the paper how Taliban fighters would go to extreme lengths to avoid being identified.

“They wouldn’t be seen waving rifles around. Similarly, they wouldn’t make mobile phone calls.

The former soldier insists illegal killings were part of an 'unwritten rule of the job'
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The former soldier insists illegal killings were part of an ‘unwritten rule of the job’[/caption]


The military probe is expected to run until 2021
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The military probe is expected to run until 2021[/caption]

“They would employ another Afghan to make them on their behalf because they knew we were listening to what they were saying.

“When someone is that careful to cover their tracks, what do you do?

“Arresting them was pretty pointless because they would only be held for a few days before being released. For me, the end justified the means.”

No soldiers are believed to have been quizzed in the probe, which is due to run to 2021.

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