Iraqis burn the Union flag in Basra in February 2006 as authorities in the southern Iraqi province severed all ties with the UK amid the alleged British military abuse of Iraqi boys [Nabil Al-Jurani/AP]

War crimes allegedly carried out by the British military may for the first time be investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Killings of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq have been covered up by the state, a BBC news programme will report on Monday.

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The United Kingdom‘s Ministry of Defence denied the allegations.

But children were killed, civilians tortured, and British troops were complicit with evidence reportedly contained in a series of leaked documents sourced from within the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT).

That team, and Operation Northmoor

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