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It is vital to stress that nothing as yet has been proved against them.Even so, critics have complained for many years that it has been allowed to be too much of a ‘private army’, immune from the usual supervision and discipline by the military hierarchy.The Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, has been unyielding in his view that justice must take its course, however embarrassing for the Armed Forces.‘How else can we claim to hold the moral high ground against the enemy? Throughout the controversy about the Royal Marines’ Sergeant Alexander Blackman, released from prison earlier this year after 1,277 days behind bars after his conviction for the murder of an Afghan insurgent was quashed and downgraded to manslaughter on the basis of combat stress, Sir Nick Carter said that the issue had to be left in the hands of the judges.
Western guards at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq subjected prisoners to cruelties and humiliations.Their record is remarkable, both in theatres of war and counter-terrorist operations – most famously ending the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in London.Thus these allegations are a serious embarrassment to the Army, and to the elite regiment based at Hereford.Rumours about the SAS have been widespread in the Army for more than a year, causing alarm precisely because the regiment is hailed as representing ‘best of British’.
Pictured: British soldiers on board a plane in Afghanistan He is right. If members of an SAS squadron are guilty of war crimes in Afghanistan, they must be brought to justice, however great the embarrassment for Hereford and for the Army as a whole.Certainly, the regiment takes enormous pride in its professionalism and achievements.