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How the ‘good war’ went bad: elite soldiers from Australia, UK and US face a reckoning

As coalition troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan after 20 years, former soldiers, key officers and the public are asking what went wrong with some special forces

“Whatever we do … ,” one Australian special forces soldier said of his service in Afghanistan, “I can tell you the Brits and the US are far, far worse.

  • Ben Doherty
  • The Guardian

“I’ve watched our young guys stand by and hero worship what they were doing, salivating at how the US were torturing people.

You just stand there and roll your eyes and wait for it to end.” As the post-9/11 Afghanistan conflict dragged deep into its second decade, with persistent rumours alleging impropriety, brutality, and…

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