I wonder if anyone's checked whether the supposed insurgents were removed from any wanted lists after this raid, or whether they were listed as killed in any other, later raids. If NZSAS were working from good intel, they should have names...
right now I imagine the comms team and/or PR peeps at NZDF are feeling pretty good about this skirmish
Except that they put Keating in a position where he basically lied, while proclaiming integrity. Not a clever thing to do to the boss.
It just makes them look stupid.
Perhaps it's not just the look...
Going by his previous predictions, Johan Galtung is predicting that America could be in for a Soviet-grade downfall.
The further they let Trump go, the worse it's going to be.
But it's been around since forever. Back before the internet had pictures, even
Something that is really telling, from a meta-perspective, is the imagery that the Herald are using of Keating. It almost screams "do not trust this angry man!"
After reading that, I think some comms idiot gave Keating appalling advice. JS makes it clear that the two villages named in the book are part of the area that Keating names. Someone's in trouble at NZDF...
After reading Jon Stephenson's rebuttal, I think some comms idiot gave Keating appalling advice. JS makes it clear that the two villages named in the book are part of the area that Keating names. Someone's in trouble at NZDF...
David Fisher says the NZDF has destroyed evidence critical of our involvement in Afghanistan to prevent the media getting hold of it.
IANAL but that might put them in breach of the Public Records Act 2005
Lieutenant General Tim Keating said New Zealand troops never operated in the two villages, Naik and Khak Khuday Dad, which are named in the book.
The statement said the authors appeared to have confused interviews, stories and anecdotes from locals with an operation conducted two kilometres to the south, known as Operation Burnham, which focussed on a town called Tirgiran.
It said the villages in the Hager and Stephenson book and the settlement which was the site of Operation Burnham were separated by a mountainous and difficult terrain.
"The ISAF investigation determined that a gun sight malfunction on a coalition helicopter resulted in several rounds falling short, missing the intended target and instead striking two buildings.
"This investigation concluded that this may have resulted in civilian causalities but no evidence of this was established," Lieutenant Keating said.
In the letter responding to the Human Rights Foundation's request, the Defence Force chief of staff Ross Smith also said NZDF did not have a copy of the official investigation by the Afghanistan Ministry of Defence and the International Security Assistance Force into the raids.
That is truly beyond belief.