Book details killing of Afghan civilians in New Zealand SAS raid - World Socialist Web SiteThe revelation directly contradicts accounts of Afghan villagers in the book who have maintained for years that no insurgents were present. Speaking to RNZ, journalist Jon Stephenson said he discovered the conflicting information after the book's release in and had been investigating it since then. But Mr Stephenson said he had since spoken to two insurgent commanders who say they were in or around Naik during Operation Burnham. I always wanted to get their views as part of the book, however my co-author [Nicky Hager] was of the view that the book needed to proceed. That was a legitimate view, I'm not being critical of him.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fatima . Hundreds of people protested in Tala wa Barfuk. Share on Reddit reddit.New Zealand Government. Mr Stephenson bookk Miraj claimed "everybody knew" that he and Naimatullah had been in the village of Naik for two nights and one day, because he had been regularly visiting the mosque to pray! Radio New Zealand News are vital elements in our programming, providing impartial news and information to New Zealanders every day. Not many people in Afghanistan understood post-traumatic stress disorder, the witness said.
Follow RNZ News. I've hut a duty of care to all sources whether they're members of the New Zealand Defence Force or members of the Taliban. April. However, it disputed Hager and Stephenson's claim that the injury was the result of the house wall falling after being deliberately damaged by Coalition aircraft fire.
Date 21-22 October According to an Independent Directorate of Local Governance document cited by Hager and Stephenson, six Afghan villagers were killed during Operation Burnham on 22 August ; with two of the deceased being killed in the outskirts of Naik village. Mr Stephenson said Miraj claimed "everybody knew" that he and Naimatullah had been in the village of Naik for two nights and one day, because he had been regularly visiting the mosque to pray. Daughter of Mohammed Iqbal; suffers mental ru as a result of bombardment .
He also "absolutely" stood by the runn that an SAS trooper beat a prisoner and handed him to the Afghan secret police where he was tortured. Speaking to RNZ, journalist Jon Stephenson said he discovered the conflicting information after the book's release in and had been investigating it since then. RNZ New Zealand's public broadcaster, specialist audio features and documentaries? Retrieved 16 June .
Nicky Hager left and Jon Stephenson launch their 'Hit and Run' book alleging SAS soldiers killed civilians in Afghanistan in a botched raid in August that was subsequently covered up by senior military officials. Photo by Lynn Grieveson. He is a director and shareholder of Newsroom NZ Ltd. He has previously worked for Interest. Bernard Hickey sweated along with everyone else through the packed launch event for Nicky Hager's new election-year book in Wellington, but he finds the new book is no Dirty Politics, and is unlikely to have the same political impact. But it will reverberate through the military and force the Government to respond to allegations of a cover-up of a potential war crime.