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Killed in their beds: UK Special Forces accused of unlawful killings in night raids in Afghanistan

In disturbing revelation unveiled today by an independent judicial inquiry, UK special forces stand accused of executing nine civilians “in their beds” during nocturnal operations in Afghanistan. The victims, reportedly unarmed and including children, were allegedly targeted in what family members describe as extra-judicial killings carried out in the guise of night raids.

Mohammed Tayeb, 14, was killed in Loy Bagh village in Helmand

The inquiry, staged at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, came in the wake of a BBC Panorama and AOAV parallel investigation disclosing that an SAS squadron was implicated in the suspicious demise of 54 individuals over a six-month deployment.

The UK government, in response, initiated an inquiry to burgeoning allegations of abuse of power and systematic executions of “fighting age” men posing no discernible threat.

As the inquiry proceeds, it has shed light on seven distinct kill/capture missions that resulted in the deaths of 33 individuals, inclusive of children. The contentious incident in focus occurred in the Nad Ali district of Helmand on February 7, 2011, as families congregated in anticipation of a wake. The victims were reportedly sleeping in a single-roomed structure when the alleged unlawful assault unfolded.

Habibullah Alizai, who found himself at the epicenter of the tragic event, narrated being roused by “the noise of shouting and gunshots”, subsequent to which he was extracted from his room, subjected to interrogation, and allegedly maltreated. The aftermath revealed the lifeless bodies of Alizai’s two sons amongst the victims.

In an attempt to detail the circumstances of the night, lead counsel to the inquiry, Oliver Glasgow KC, underscored that the available evidence might substantiate the families’ claim that the deceased were indeed non-combatants, unarmed, with no weaponry within the vicinity.

Subsequent reports suggested allegations of deliberate obfuscation and potential cover-ups of illicit activities, bringing the investigative integrity of the Royal Military Police under scrutiny.

As the inquiry unfolds, it is anticipated to navigate through a labyrinth of accusations and counter-accusations, with the shadow of alleged weapon-planting and illicit killings looming large.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) expressed its commitment to facilitating the inquiry, but refused to comment on the specific allegations under investigation.

The spotlight now firmly rests on the inquiry led by Lord Justice Haddon-Cave, tasked with dissecting and evaluating the allegations to unearth the truth.