Alexander Blackman's company was out of control, claims former comrade

Alexander Blackman's company was out of control, claims former comrade

Oliver Lee says it was wrong to treat the marine who shot and killed a wounded Taliban fighter as a ‘single rotten apple’

British marines who fought alongside Alexander Blackman were out of control and “gung-ho”, abusing Afghan citizens, treating local allies with contempt and showing little regard for the rules of engagement, a former senior officer has claimed.

In an extraordinary attack on his former comrades, Oliver Lee, who was the youngest marine colonel since the second world war, said it was wrong to treat Blackman as a “single rotten apple”.

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