Sunday, March 12, 2006

SAS soldier quits Army in disgust at 'illegal' American tactics in Iraq

Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent for news.telegraph reports:
"An SAS soldier has refused to fight in Iraq and has left the Army over the 'illega' tactics of United States troops and the policies of coalition forces.

After three months in Baghdad, Ben Griffin told his commander that he was no longer prepared to fight alongside American forces.

He said he had witnessed 'dozens of illegal acts' by US troops, claiming they viewed all Iraqis as "untermenschen" - the Nazi term for races regarded as sub-human.

The decision marks the first time an SAS soldier has refused to go into combat and quit the Army on moral grounds.

It immediately brought to an end Mr Griffin's exemplary, eight-year career in which he also served with the Parachute Regiment, taking part in operations in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and Afghanistan.

But it will also embarrass the Government and have a potentially profound impact on cases of other soldiers who have refused to fight."
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Photo: Ben Griffin told commanders that he thought the Iraq war was illegal. (news.telegraph)

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