Ben Roberts-Smith under police investigation for ‘kicking handcuffed Afghan off small cliff’

Australia's most highly decorated former SAS soldier, Ben Roberts-Smith, is being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly kicking a handcuffed detainee off a small cliff in an Afghan village in 2012. THE AGE Multiple serving and former defence sources in Australia and Afghanistan have confirmed that Mr Roberts-Smith, a Victoria Cross winner, is the subject of the AFP inquiry into the brutalisation of Afghan farmer and father Ali Jan after he was taken into custody by the ...
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Letter detailing civilian presence failed to prevent deadly Afghan drone strike

Twelve days ahead of the pine-nut harvest season, the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province received a letter from village elders in the Wazir Tangi area about their plans to recruit 200 laborers and children to pluck the dry fruit. REUTERS  The letter, seen by Reuters and dated Sept. 7, was sent in an effort to help protect laborers from getting caught in clashes between U.S.-backed Afghan forces and Islamic State fighters in the mountainous terrain largely controlled by th...
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