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UK govt and military covered up war crimes, says report

London: The UK government and military covered up credible evidence of war crimes by British soldiers against civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an investigation by the BBC and the Sunday Times.
Leaks from two government-ordered inquiries into the conduct of troops in the conflicts implicated troops in the killing of children and torture of civilians, the investigation found.
The allegations include murders by a soldier from the elite SAS unit, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch infantry unit.
Military detectives who unearthed evidence of the alleged war crimes told the year-long investigation by the newspaper and the BBC’s Panorama programme that seniors commanders hid it “for political reasons”.
(DPA)