5 British soldiers charged for murdering an Afghan insurgent

5 British soldiers charged for murdering an Afghan insurgent

Britain has charged 5 soldiers with murder, as part of an investigation into what the government has called “an engagement with an insurgent in Afghanistan last year.”

A total of 9 soldiers have been arrested in connection with the case, after a video was found on another British soldier’s laptop, reportedly showing the 5 deciding whether or not, to administer first aid to the Afghan insurgent.

The Defence Ministry has neither confirmed or denied the reports, but Britain’s Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond says all involved remain in custody.

It comes as the Ministry has announced, thousands of British troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan earlier than expected.

Around 500 British troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of this year, leaving around 9,000 still there.

But by next year, Mr Hammond expects thousands to be withdrawn, although he says majority will remain until the end of 2014, in line with NATO’s withdrawal timeline.

 

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