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Operation Burnham: Hit & Run author backtracks on key claim | RNZ NewsNicky Hager born is a New Zealand investigative journalist. He has produced six books since , covering topics such as intelligence networks, environmental issues and politics. Hager was born in Levin to a middle-class "socially aware" family. His mother was born in Zanzibar part of Tanzania , where her father studied tropical medicine,  and later grew up in Kenya and Uganda. Hager studied physics at Victoria University of Wellington , where he also did an honours degree in philosophy.
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Read about Nicky Hager. In August , a New Zealand soldier died in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan. In retaliation, the New Zealand SAS led a raid on two isolated villages in search of the fighters they suspected were responsible. They all knew the rules. But it all went horribly wrong. None of the fighters were found but, by the end of the raid, 21 civilians were dead or wounded.
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Before the launch he works the media into a frenzy, telling them how his latest tome's going to blow the lid off politics, destroy careers and possible bring down the government. The media hoard packs into Unity Books on Wellington's Willis Street, there's literally standing room only. The launches are expertly timed for the nightly television news who by the time they go to air have scant knowledge of the contents, but there are always a few tasty morsels to deliver on what's to come between the covers of the latest masterpiece. That was the case with Dirty Politics, the black ops men in the smoke-filled rooms dreaming up the next conspiracy reaching the highest levels, right to the Prime Minister's office. The latest effort Hit and Run, about unarmed civilians being killed by our SAS in Afghanistan villages, is an appropriate title as it's turned out, although Hit and Miss would have been more apt. The book launch and the aftermath was such a hit that our Well-being Government decided immediately to spend seven million bucks on getting to the bottom of the claims, appointing two knights of the realm, former Labour prime minister Geoffrey Palmer and former High Court judge Terence Arnold to lead the inquisition. Well a significant part of the story, critical to getting to the bottom of what happened, the unarmed villagers, want nothing to do with it, they have little trust in our authorities, we're told.
The revelation directly contradicts accounts of Afghan villagers in the book who have maintained for years that no insurgents were present. Speaking to RNZ, journalist Jon Stephenson said he discovered the conflicting information after the book's release in and had been investigating it since then. But Mr Stephenson said he had since spoken to two insurgent commanders who say they were in or around Naik during Operation Burnham. I always wanted to get their views as part of the book, however my co-author [Nicky Hager] was of the view that the book needed to proceed. That was a legitimate view, I'm not being critical of him.