The news that 7 British Marines stand accused of murder will shock some readers but not surprise others. The incident occurred in Afghanistan and after all that country is war torn. However there are rules and regulations which apply even in a War setting. The UK military tends to follow these to the letter of the law. Without such restrictions all Hell could break loose on foreign lands not helping any party.
The MoD announced late Thursday that 7 Marines had been arrested in connection with a death in Afghanistan in 2011. Details remain sketchy but this is what is known. The official MoD line is that “an engagement with an insurgent” took place and that no civilians were involved. Rather ambiguous and vague words. However a sign that an investigation will follow and if any person should be held accountable that they will be.
“The investigation will now be taken forward and dealt with by the Service Justice system,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement, adding that “as with any serious incident of this nature, there will be an internal review to identify lessons learned.”
It is the first murder arrest for any British soldiers serving in Afghanistan. US marines have been alleged of wrong doing whilst on tour, such as US Marines urinating on dead Afghans and one apparent rogue US soldier killing 17 civilians. These incidents happen and then disappear under the radar. Some may be resolved but many are simply buried.
We hope that the UK MoD acts in a different manner to its equivalent in the USA. Unlawful acts, carried out by foreign military in places such aas Afghanistan, simply breed a new generation of insurgents.
Currently the UK has 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, This number of personnel in that country is second only to the USA. Too many for a relatively small and increasingly poor country.
Updates will follow...................
Latest: It appears that the arrests followed the arrest of a man, who had served in Afghanistan, in connection with a separate allegation. ON a seized laptop police discovered footage of an injured captured insurgent in Afghanistan. The footage ends in an inconclusive manner.Prior this though the arrested Marines are seen debating what they will do with the insurgent.
According to SkyNews the conversation left the authorities unsure what happened next. "Did they then do something that ended this man's life? Did they tend to him? What happened to this man. This explains how this event happened towards the back end of last year and yet only now we are discovering that people have been arrested for it."
It also raises the question was this an isolated incident on par for the course?
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