Operation Burnham: NZDF 'deeply sorry' for misleading ministers, public

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Newstalk ZB,
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Fri, 31 Jul 2020, 5:40PM
Operation Burnham Afghanistan 25 July 2010 Released image and documentation FOIA by Nicky Hager. Possible Kalta location. Picture / Supplied.

Operation Burnham: NZDF 'deeply sorry' for misleading ministers, public

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 31 Jul 2020, 5:40PM

An inquiry has found a civilian died during an SAS-led raid in Afghanistan in 2010.

But it's found the death was justified under international law.

The Operation Burnham inquiry also found four other people also died, but couldn't determine if those people were civilians or insurgents.

It found New Zealand's intelligence agencies accurately reported the allegations of causalities

But it found the agencies could have done more to ensure the possibility of civilian casualties was considered at an inter-agency level, and reported to ministers.

Defence Minister Ron Mark says the frontline of our Defence Force were let down by senior commanders whose post-operation performance showed serious deficiencies.

He says he will oversee the Government response  to ensure lessons are applied, and the relevant structures are fit for purpose.

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