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An episode of Panorama which obtained backlash from viewers and the armed forces has been fiercely defended by the BBC in a prolonged assertion.

SAS Demise Squads Uncovered: A British Struggle Crime?, which is obtainable on iPlayer, investigated the killings of a whole bunch of individuals on evening raids in Afghanistan by particular forces.

The hour-long programme claimed it discovered proof of ‘54 suspicious deaths’ throughout a six-month tour of a single SAS unit.

Documentary makers, who investigated for 4 years, additionally allege the killings ‘have been raised to their headquarters as offering trigger for concern by senior UK particular forces officers on the time’ however weren’t correctly investigated.

Nonetheless, the present has precipitated upset amongst members of armed forces, in addition to BBC viewers.

The Ministry of Protection (MOD) stated troopers have been put ‘in danger each within the subject and in fame’ by the programme.

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Richard Bilton investigrated the unit (Image: BBC)

‘[The episode] jumps to unjustified conclusions from allegations which have already been totally investigated,’ the assertion learn.

‘[The MOD] offered an in depth and complete assertion to Panorama, highlighting unequivocally how two Service Police operations carried out an in depth and impartial investigation into allegations concerning the conduct of UK forces in Afghanistan.’

The MOD revealed investigations into the matter had not ‘discovered ample proof to prosecute.’

In the meantime, a number of documentary lovers filed complaints to the Beeb, explaining they discovered the Panorama to be biased towards the military.

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Viewers complained concerning the programme (Image: BBC)

However the BBC shouldn’t be going again on its claims, as a substitute issuing a response in protection of the programme.

It stated: ‘Alongside the testimony of dozens of navy insiders, a lot of the proof featured within the programme got here from navy experiences, inside paperwork and emails from inside UK Particular Forces.

‘The SAS’s personal official account of this tour doesn’t dispute that detainees and unarmed folks have been repeatedly shot lifeless.’

The Ministry of Defence issued a press release concerning the doc (Image: BBC)

Including there was a ‘sturdy public curiosity’ in publishing the knowledge, the BBC’s assertion claimed the proof ‘hadn’t been correctly investigated by the MOD.’

Based on the broadcaster: ‘The Royal Navy Police (RMP) didn’t discover out concerning the materials locked away within the secret file till 2015 – 4 years after the occasions occurred.

‘Insiders from the Royal Navy Police instructed Panorama they have been subsequently stopped from finishing up thorough and totally impartial investigations.

‘Senior RMP investigators instructed Panorama they have been repeatedly prevented from following elementary traces of enquiry, and that the circumstances have been dropped prematurely.’

BBC added it ‘didn’t search to impugn or criticise British troops usually.’

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