‘British armed forces face a criminal investigation over 166 cases of alleged unlawful killing and maltreatment during Britain’s military campaign in Afghanistan, it has emerged.

Hundreds of British soldiers face investigation over cases of alleged murder and abuse, in a series of legal challenges waged by two leading human rights law firms.

The alleged abuses date predominantly from 2011 to 2013, when Britain’s presence in Helmand province, Afghanistan had reached its peak.’

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