Stuff: New insurgent leader claims ‘changes nothing’ for Operation Burnham, co-author Nicky Hager says

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A revelation that insurgent commanders were present in villages raided by SAS troopers changes nothing, Hit & Run co-author Nicky Hager says.

The confirmation from the Taliban commanders, published by Stuff and Hit & Run co-author Jon Stephenson on Wednesday, contradicts an account from Afghan villagers that no insurgents were present during the Operation Burnham raids.

But both Hager and villagers’ lawyer say the new information confirms the allegation that SAS killed six civilians and injured 15 in the raids.

The new information comes two days after the Afghan villagers withdrew from a $7 million Government inquiry inspecting the claims, having lost faith in the process.

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