Response to ‘Hit and Run’

Hager and Stephenson’s book ‘Hit and Run’ has made serious accusations, and the authors have suggested that it is possible war crimes may have been committed.

Response from John Key:

He may have more to say about it in his valedictory speech in Parliament today.

New Zealand Defence Force:

Ex Defence Minister Wayne Mapp from RNZ:

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says an SAS attack on insurgents in Afghanistan was not a revenge mission over the death of a New Zealand soldier last year.

Dr Mapp has confirmed an operation took place on 22 August last year in an area where Bamyan province borders Baghlan province, just over a fortnight after the death of Lieutenant Tim O’Donnell from a roadside bomb explosion.

Lieutenant O’Donnell was the first New Zealand soldier to die in combat in Afghanistan.

SAS troops were involved in the subsequent attack on the group of insurgents – killing nine Taliban fighters.

Dr Mapp says the joint mission took place involving New Zealand Special Operations Forces, Afghan National Security Forces and other coalition elements.

However he said it was not a revenge mission, but was carried out to protect the provincial reconstruction team and improve security for local people.

The minister said it would have been irresponsible not to act, given intelligence information had indicated operations against New Zealand soldiers were likely.

There is also audio of an interview with Mapp at : SAS attack not revenge over NZ death – minister.

There hasn’t been much time for official Government or party responses given that the book was launched after 5 pm yesterday.

I can’t find anything from the Government or from Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.

Neither can I find anything yet from Labour or from their defence spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

No sign of anything from NZ First nor from the Greens.

I expect some careful consideration will be given by the parties.

 

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15 Comments

  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  22nd March 2017

    A spokesperson for acting defence minister *Chris Finlayson* has said in a statement: “The matter was investigated at the time and I am advised by the NZDF they stand by what they said at the time”.

    As Wayne just said: “Case closed”

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  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  22nd March 2017

    This from *Chapter 4*…. :/

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    • Kevin

       /  22nd March 2017

      So Hager’s running the narrative that it was all deliberate. What a way to dump on our troops, the treasonous little weasel.

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      • Jeeves

         /  23rd March 2017

        Our troops aren’t mentioned in that passage, you illiterate retard.
        And what part of firing a trigger mechanism is accidental?

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  3. Gezza

     /  22nd March 2017

    “I can’t find anything from the Government or from Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee.”
    Out to lunch?

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  4. Corky

     /  22nd March 2017

    Yesterday Hager was talking war crimes, now he just wants someone to apologise. As I said before, he has put himself to bed with this book. He’s a vindictive little man who couldn’t stomach JK making a fool out of him and what he stands for at the last election. So the best thing he could thing of was try and spoil Keys Valedictory speech. And he’s succeeded. A typical nasty little socialist who encapsulates the Left-way, in my opinion.

    Utu will be served when JK kneels in front of the Governor General, while 6 people turn up to his next book launch.

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    • Blazer

       /  22nd March 2017

      Hager has been proved right everytime . The search of his home was…illegal and politically inspired.

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      • Corky

         /  22nd March 2017

        If you see it that way…but listening to talk-back this morning Hager has as much relevance as a turd in a sewer pipe. No one cares what’s legal or not,,,except you.

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  5. Jeeves

     /  22nd March 2017

    @ Corky-
    “No one cares what’s legal or not,,,except you.”

    Apparently not even our armed forces…….

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