NZ Herald: Hit & Run raid: Defence Force acknowledges ‘confusion’ on civilian casualty statements

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The Defence Force has released more detail about a controversial SAS raid in Afghanistan – but the co-author of Hit & Run says it amounts to “practically nothing”.

Information on Operation Burnham has been published following complaints to the Ombudsman by the Herald and others, after initial NZDF responses to Official Information Act requests.

Nicky Hager, who co-authored Hit & Run with journalist Jon Stephenson, said today’s release amounted to “practically nothing”, and presented an alternative version of what happened in Operation Burnham, unsupported by any documentation.

“It is a really terrible indictment on the Defence Force that they think they can get away – on the verge on a Government inquiry into what they are doing – with providing the public with so little.”

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