Posted on Nov 17, 2019
In an appalling attack upon the integrity of Britain's armed forces, troops have been accused of covering up the killing of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The BBC's Panorama and the Sunday Times claim to have spoken to 11 British detectives, who do not appear to have served on the front line themselves, who claimed that they found credible evidence of war crimes.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it rejected the unsubstantiated allegation of a pattern of cover-ups.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC "all of the allegations, that had evidence, have been looked at".
He said "the right balance" had been struck over decisions whether or not to investigate alleged war crimes.
The new "evidence" has come from inside the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigated alleged war crimes committed by British troops during the occupation of Iraq, and Operation Northmoor, which investigated allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan.
The government decided to close IHAT and Operation Northmoor, after Phil Shiner, a lawyer who had taken more than 1,000 cases to IHAT, was struck off as a solicitor following allegations he had paid fixers in Iraq to find clients.
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