Probe launched into alleged UK war crimes in Afghanistan

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The UK Defense Ministry announced that it has established an independent statutory inquiry to investigate and report on allegations of wrongdoing by the British Armed Forces in relation to their conduct of deliberate detention operations in Afghanistan.

The inquiry will investigate alleged activity during the period mid-2010 to mid-2013, according to the UK Defense Ministry’s statement.

The UK forces were mainly stationed in southern provinces of Afghanistan over the past 20 years of the US-led NATO invasion in the country.

“The Secretary of State for Defense has commissioned an independent statutory inquiry under the 2005 Inquiries Act to investigate and report on alleged unlawful activity by British Armed Forces during deliberate detention operations in Afghanistan,” said Andrew Murrison, Minister for Defense, People and Veterans.

In a recent BBC investigative report, stated that British Special Forces raided a house in Afghanistan in 2012 and killed a young father and mother and shot and seriously injured their young children.

This investigation has shown that the command of these Special Forces never referred this incident to the military police and so far there has been no investigation.

Earlier, it was reported that 64 children were killed during the operations of British soldiers in Afghanistan. According to the report, the British government has paid compensation for 64 children.

Reports of several organizations accused the UK troops of committing war crimes in Afghanistan.—Afghanistan Times