An independent inquiry has uncovered allegations suggesting that UK special forces had a policy of executing Afghan males deemed to be of "fighting age," even in situations where they posed no apparent threat. The inquiry, focusing on alleged illegal activities in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2013, particularly highlights the misuse of night raids to carry out this policy.
Counsel to the inquiry, Oliver Glasgow KC, revealed that there are claims indicating Afghan partner units refused to collaborate with UK special forces due to their alleged misconduct. The central focus of the investigation revolves around the accusation that special forces abused night raids to carry out extrajudicial killings.
In one specific case discussed during the inquiry, a "deliberate detention operation" (DDO) led to the alleged unlawful killing of Mohammed Ibrahim. The inquiry disclosed that Ibrahim had previously served as an Afghan government official between 2001 and 2007.
A health warning preceded the revelation of graphic images related to the circumstances of the alleged unlawful killing, cautioning that the content might be distressing for viewers. The inquiry aims to shed light on the practices of UK special forces during this period in Afghanistan and assess the credibility of the accusations brought forward.