Senior UK special forces officers allegedly concealed evidence and suspicions of deliberate murder by the SAS in Afghanistan, an inquiry has been told. While some officers took no action, others actively tried to prevent thorough investigations. Internal communications revealed doubts about the official accounts of SAS night raids, during which Afghan civilians were killed. The inquiry aims to determine whether UK special forces executed individuals between 2010 and 2013, and to investigate any cover-ups or insufficient investigations by military police.
- There are allegations against senior UK special forces officers of hiding evidence and suspicions of intentional SAS murders in Afghanistan.
- Internal emails and communications among special forces officers suggest skepticism over official reports of SAS operations where Afghans died.
- The Ministry of Defence (MoD) was accused of misleading the High Court about SAS activities in Afghanistan, including the justification for several killings.
- The inquiry was initiated after a BBC Panorama investigation revealed suspicious killings by an SAS squadron during a single tour in Afghanistan.
- Two major RMP investigations, Operation Cestro and Operation Northmoor, will be under the inquiry’s scrutiny, with both investigations previously resulting in no charges or prosecutions.