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Abdul’s brother went out to buy flour. He never came home

In the barracks of Australia’s most elite fighting unit, the incident is discussed in hushed tones.

  • By Nick McKenzie & Chris Masters
  • The Age

The Australian special forces soldier led his prisoner towards a ridge above a dry creek bed near the Afghan village of Darwan.

The prisoner’s fate lay in the hands of the man leading him to the edge.

Exn 2bHis own hands were bound.

It was September 11, 2012 – 11 years to the day after planes piloted by al-Qaeda ploughed into the World Trade Centre, causing Australia to enter what would become the nation’s longest war.

The handcuffed detainee was Ali Jan, a…

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