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The Special Air Service, the Australian Army's elite reconnaissance unit, is not much given to talking about itself: secrecy is key to its effectiveness as well as its mystique. What is known of the regiment's operations has made its name a synonym for valor. But even the SAS sometimes stumbles. In 2002, during the war to drive al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, the actions of one SAS patrol triggered a chain of disasters whose aftershocks are still being felt. In this special report, Time reveals for the first time what went wrong and how it scarred the lives of all those involved.