In April 2012 I deployed to Helmand Province an idealistic British soldier having believed the media narrative of the conflict we were engaged in thereSix months later I left Camp Bastion knowing I had been party to a criminal enterprise managed by incompetent generals, corrupt politicians and merciless profiteers.

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The aim of this criminal enterprise was profit and power - profit for the arms suppliers, logistics contractors, military contractors and power for the generals, politicians and civil servants dishing out these £££ billion contracts. It was a criminal enterprise run with absolutely no regard to the stated mission and without thought to the cost in blood, misery or suffering - regardless of whether it was British, American or Afghan, military or civilian. It is my intention to seek genuine accountability of the most senior British command, military and political, whom I believe to have acted criminally, breaking military, civilian and international law.

My 1997 visit to Yemen that I have also reported on was prior to and entirely seperate from my military service.

Photographer & reporter: Anthony C Heaford, vehicle mechanic in the British Territorial Army 2009 to 2013
Six month operational tour in Helmand, April to October 2012 | Herrick 16 | Based in Camp Bastion

© Anthony C Heaford 2016