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Malvinas War Crimes

Assignment looks at the continuing fallout from a war at the end of the world.

Twenty-seven years ago, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. Ten weeks later its largely conscript army had been defeated by a British task force sent to recapture the territory.

The plight of the young soldiers deployed to defend the islands was forgotten after the campaign. Within weeks, Argentina had rid itself of its military rulers and the invasion of the islands it calls the Malvinas, was something of an embarrassment.

But the claims of those young recruits are now being listened to and some of the officers who led the campaign are facing charges of war crimes, committed against their own troops.