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SAS man killed in Afghan family feud
A New Zealand SAS soldier who was shot dead in Afghanistan yesterday was named as Lance Corporal Leon Smith. He was shot in the head during an operation in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, according to a report.
He was flown to a medical base about 10 minutes away where a neurosurgeon was available, but died on the operating table.
The dead man was allegedly caught up in a family feud.
He was the fourth New Zealand soldier to be killed pointlessly in Afghanistan, and the second SAS soldier after the death of Corporal Doug Grant in Kabul in August.
Doug Grant, 41, was reportedly killed after an attack by the Taleban at the British Council diplomatic offices last month.
“NATO forces have become part of the problem”
Former Afghan foreign minister is on record as saying that “the latest death showed that SAS troops were not needed in the region.”
In a live chat on nzherald.co.nz, Dr Lafraie said the SAS were contributing to instability in Afghanistan by carrying out violent military action.
“They don’t make any positive contribution.
“I don’t think there is a military solution to the problem in Afghanistan. I believe NATO forces have become part of the problem and cannot be part of the solution.”
He said reports of the operation where Mr Smith was killed were “disturbing”.
“The team seem to have been engaged in a night raid, similar to the ones carried out by the Americans, and focused upon in the past two years. Hundreds of innocent people have been killed or detained in such operations,” said Afghanistan’s former foreign minister.