Marine A: How six months of ‘hell’ led to killing of Taliban insurgent

Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman as he returned from Afghanistan

It was the single, split-second decision of a man at breaking point that has become one of the most contentious issues of the war in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Alexander Blackman, coming to the end of a “hellish” six-month tour of the Helmand province where he had seen friends and comrades killed and their body parts hung up as trophies, killed a dying insurgent with a single shot at point-blank range.

The moment was captured on film and Blackman, a veteran of five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and described as a “superb soldier”, became the only British serviceman known to have been convicted of murder on a foreign battlefield.

On Wednesday, after spending more than three years in prison for the offence, five of the most senior judges in Britain quashed his conviction and replaced it with one for manslaughter, recognising the extreme stresses that Blackman faced in the theatre of war.

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Source By http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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