New Zealand SAS forces deployed in Afghanistan complained about the handling of prisoners they had captured and handed over to the United States, the Herald has been told.

The elite soldiers were so concerned they called a meeting of other special forces at Kandahar base.

The forces, including Australia, Canada, Norway, Germany and Britain, were involved in what were called “snatch-grabs” – missions to round up terrorist suspects to hand over to the United States for detention and interrogation.

But New Zealand soldiers were said to be concerned that some of the detainees handed over by them had not been properly registered.

Instead of being identified, photographed and fingerprinted and having their weapons properly registered, they had their heads shaved, no photos or ID taken and their belongings thrown into a single pile.

The New Zealanders raised the alarm and wanted to know from other forces whether the proper procedures were being followed by them.


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