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10/14/22 Ben Mckelvey on Australia’s Crimes and Struggles in Afghanistan

10/14/22 Ben Mckelvey on Australia’s Crimes and Struggles in Afghanistan

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Scott interviews author and freelance journalist Ben Mckelvey about a book he recently published which explores the controversies and challenges of Australian special operations in Afghanistan. Scott and Mckelvey dig into the war crime allegations and subsequent defamation lawsuits that have defined this chapter of Australian SASR history. They also take a step back and reflect on how the realities on the ground made Coalition success in the war impossible. 

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Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan. Follow him on Twitter @benmckelvey 

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom;; and Thc Hemp Spot.

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Scott Horton

Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He is the author of four books. He has conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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