In the midst of the furore about the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) and a so-called "witch-hunt" against troops who served in Iraq, media are now reporting that hundreds of British troops who served in Afghanistan have been referred to investigation over "allegations of war crimes". In response, the British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF) has negotiated free legal advice for any of its members approached by investigators in connection with allegations from either Iraq or Afghanistan.
British Armed Forces Federation - BAFF - is the independent all-ranks staff association for regular, reserve and former UK forces personnel. BAFF is not connected with the Ministry of Defence.
19 - The current BAFF Chairman, Douglas Young, was interviewed by BBC Scotland's Newsdrive presenter Mhairi Stewart about a story, first reported in The Times, that Royal Navy Police were investigating allegations that young Royal Marines had been subjected to some kind of initiation ceremony at Faslane, HM Naval Base Clyde. While questioning speculative aspects of the story and expressing doubt on the description of the alleged victims as "recruits", Young supported the action reportedly being taken by the Service authorities.