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NZDF refutes Nicky Hager book

Posted 22/3/2017

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has refuted claims made by Nicky Hager in his new co-authored book, Hit and Run, that a "revenge" raid by the Special Air Service on Taliban insurgents in retaliation for New Zealand's first fatality in Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of six civilians.

To this end, the NZDF issued a statement earlier today:

The New Zealand Defence Force stands by the statement it made dated 20 April 2011.

As the 2011 statement says, following the operation, allegations of civilian casualties were made. These were investigated by a joint Afghan Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Interior and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) assessment team, in accordance with ISAF procedures. 

The investigation concluded that the allegations of civilian casualties were unfounded.

The NZDF does not undertake investigations or inquiries into the actions of forces from other nations. That was the role of the joint Afghan-ISAF investigation.

The NZDF is confident that New Zealand personnel conducted themselves in accordance with the applicable rules of engagement.

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