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A special forces veteran has spoken out about a culture of “self-glorification” and “a ‘weapons free’ mentality” among individual special forces members that has “led to the death of large numbers of innocent civilians” in Afghanistan.

On the ABC’s 7.30 last night, the veteran – who remained anonymous – alleged special forces in Afghanistan had developed a habit of “non-reporting of civilian casualties”, enabling soldiers to pursue a goal of “racking up the highest body counts”, and spoke of “the carriage of ‘drop’ weapons”, whereby soldiers carry extra guns to plant on dead Afghans to give unarmed civilians the appearance of “a legitimate battlefield kill”.

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper