NZDF Stands by Accounts of Operation Burnham

11 April

The New Zealand Defence Force stands by the accounts of Operation Burnham it has provided to the Government and public.

The Government has announced today it will conduct an inquiry into the 2010 operation in Afghanistan in which the NZSAS were involved, specifically Operation Burnham and related events.

The operation was the subject of the book Hit and Run. 

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating says the book contains errors.  

Operation Burnham was an ISAF operation involving the NZSAS and Afghan Crisis Response Unit (CRU). The operation was well planned out and was mandated by the New Zealand Government. It was lawfully carried out, with clear rules of engagement, Lieutenant General Keating says.

“At all times throughout this operation our NZSAS acted professionally and conducted themselves to the high standards expected of our special forces,” he says.

Lieutenant General Keating says the NZDF will be cooperating fully with the inquiry and he looks forward to the inquiry confirming the facts.  He welcomes the calibre of the people appointed to undertake it, former Supreme Court Judge Sir Terence Arnold and Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

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