A year after the publication of a book alleging civilian deaths in a botched NZ raid in Afghanistan, the Defence Force has quietly conceded its operation was in the same village depicted by the authors, and it makes the case for an inquiry overwhelming
The PM has said there will not be an independent inquiry into the allegations around Operation Burnham, which according to the Hager-Stephenson account killed nine civilians. These are his key justifications, and the author's reaction
The actions described in the book Hit & Run could constitute war crimes under the Geneva Convention. The case for an independent inquiry is now becoming overwhelming, writes geopolitical analyst Paul Buchanan.
The former National MP and defence minister says civilian death suggestions are plausible, and that NZ needs to ‘find out what really happened’ in Operation Burnham.
Residents of the Afghan area where NZ forces undertook Operation Burnham in 2010 say the NZ Defence Force claim it took place in Tirgiran Village is a nonsense, while Hit & Run authors have conceded they were 2km out in locating sites
The Chief of NZ Defence has dismissed Hager and Stephenson's book, saying Operation Burnham took place not in the villages they identify but instead in Tirgiran Village, 2km south. And Stephenson himself said, in a 2014 report, that the raid occurred in Tirgiran Village. We asked Stephenson to explain.
Following a remarkable press conference by the chief of the Defence Force, we point to the critical disputes about what took place during the 2010 NZ-led raid in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan.
The Chief of the NZ Defence Force has wholesale rejected Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson's account of events in Hit & Run. Hager and Stephenson have responded in turn, saying the Defence Force claim is 'incorrect and implausible'
The government response to the revelations contained in Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson's Hit and Run have so far amounted to a collective shoulder shrug. Felix Geiringer explains why that's simply not good enough.
Jess McAllen paints the picture from a Unity Books packed with media, activists and more, eager to discover the subject of the new book and the quality of the catering.
In their new book Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson offer evidence of a botched raid that killed six civilians and led to a scramble to conceal the truth. Danyl Mclauchlan reviews Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour and weighs up the prospects for an inquiry.
Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson have just published Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the meaning of honour, which they say 'tells the story of a dark and guilty secret of New Zealand's recent history'. Here is the Q&A they have issued to press.