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    Well I don't think he did anything wrong, ... ds-newsxml

    A Gurkha soldier has been flown back to the UK after hacking the head off a dead Taliban commander with his ceremonial knife to prove the dead man’s identity.
    The private, from 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, was involved in a fierce firefight with insurgents in the Babaji area of central Helmand Province when the incident took place earlier this month.
    His unit had been told that they were seeking a ‘high value target,’ a Taliban commander, and that they must prove they had killed the right man.

    The Gurkhas had intended to remove the Taliban leader’s body from the battlefield for identification purposes.
    But they came under heavy fire as their tried to do so. Military sources said that in the heat of battle, the Gurkha took out his curved kukri knife and beheaded the dead insurgent.
    He is understood to have removed the man’s head from the area, leaving the rest of his body on the battlefield.

    This is considered a gross insult to the Muslims of Afghanistan, who bury the entire body of their dead even if parts have to be retrieved.

    British soldiers often return missing body parts once a battle has ended so the dead can be buried in one piece.

    A source said: ‘Removing the head in this way was totally inappropriate.’
    Army sources said that the soldier, who is in his early 20s, initially told investigators that he unsheathed his kukri – the symbolic weapon of the Gurkhas – after running out of ammunition.

    But later the Taliban fighter was mutilated so his identity could be verified through DNA tests.
    The source said: ‘The soldier has been removed from duty and flown home. There is no sense of glory involved here, more a sense of shame. He should not have done what he did.’
    The incident, which is being investigated by senior commanders, is hugely embarrassing to the British Army, which is trying to build bridges with local Afghan communities who have spent decades under ­Taliban rule.
    It comes just days after a rogue Afghan soldier murdered three British troops from the same Gurkha regiment.

    I hope they don't charge him with anything.



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    Can't see a problem do not the taliban take great delight in public beheadings why should they protest about being treated as they treat others, the head could surely have been returned for burial following formal identification. Why should the army feel embarrassed about a soldier thinking on his feet, did it not occur to anybody that if this man was a law abiding Afghan citizen who was not busy shooting at people then this would have never happened.

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    These people need to make up their mind, wanting a dead body to confirm ID is a bit Mcabre in the first place but if the situation on the ground dictated that to return the whole body would put a single british Army Soldier in jepordy then the lad did the right thing. It is easy to judgemental from ivory towers. TBH if we let the Gurkhas of the leash the Taliban would soon pack up and go home!!


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    give that man big cegar and a medal.everyday those guys are faced with landmines and unfair warefare this county just gets more rediculous by the minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thar View Post
    This is considered a gross insult to the Muslims of Afghanistan, who bury the entire body of their dead even if parts have to be retrieved.
    Sorry but..... #### 'em
    "It's halfway down the hill, directly below that tree next to a rock that looks like a bell-end"

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    Quote Originally Posted by devilishdave View Post
    TBH if we let the Gurkhas of the leash the Taliban would soon pack up and go home!!
    Your not wrong their! Formidable people, brave and hard as nails!

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    This head the gurkha got

    Who will be doing the measuring on it?
    Last edited by Mannlicher_Stu; 21-07-2010 at 12:07.

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    They ask for what they get - I agree with Si. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Been sent piccies of a little lad - no more than 10 who was caught stealing bread. The Taliban drove a truck over his arm to mangle it so he could never use it again - and we're supposed to repect these people - **** me

    The bloody Army have a nerve too - the poor sod was under fire and used his inititive - bet they didnt provide him with a DNA kit ! - I mean they can hardly afford to provide the PBI with ammo ! Would they rather he'd died trying to get the body back ???? Typical of the PC brigade - dont they realise that we're at war. I'm sure that the Taliban respect our dead !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mannlicher_Stu View Post
    This head the gurka got

    Who will be doing the measuring on it
    dont tell me he took the horn as well - now that is going too far

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    This reminds me of a story my Grandfather told me about the Allies fighting the Japanese in New Guinea during WW2, the allies were paying the native tribes a bounty for each Jap they killed, they were bringing in Jap’ heads to prove there kills, the Allies in the end said just bring in the left ear and that will do to get your money.


    Last edited by Thar; 21-07-2010 at 14:43.

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