style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Australia alleges military carried out unlawful killings in Afghanistan
By Elena Pavlovska
epaselect epa08828542 Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Australia, 19 November 2020. Australia’s defence force has recommended that the country’s federal police investigate 19 individuals from the special forces over 36 alleged war crimes, including murder and cruel treatment of non-combatants in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013. The report further specified that some patrol commanders, who were treated as “demigods”, required junior soldiers to shoot prisoners to achieve their first kill. A landmark report has shed light on alleged war crimes by Australian troops serving in Afghanistan. A landmark report has shed light on alleged war crimes by Australian troops serving in Afghanistan. “[The Inspector General] found there to be credible information to substantiate 23 incidents of alleged unlawful killing of 39 people by 25 Australian Special Forces personnel, predominantly from the Special Air Service Regiment”, Campbell said. EPA-EFE/MICK TASIKAS
The head of Australia’s defence force General Angus Campbell on Thursday announced allegations that its elite forces carried out 39 unlawful killings in Afghanistan. Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison called Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to express his “deepest sorrow” over the findings. Campbell “sincerely and unreservedly” apologized to Afghanistan for the conduct alleged in the report. Campbell said that the killings are alleged to have occurred while the Afghan victims were detained or under Australian forces’ control, and that none of the alleged victims were soldiers. According to Campbell, the report found that there had been a “warrior culture” among some members of Australia’s special forces in Afghanistan. EPA-EFE/MICK TASIKAS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
Chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Australia, 19 November 2020. In 2016, Australia launched an inquiry into the conduct of its special forces personnel between 2005 and 2016 amid allegations by local media about the killing of unarmed men and children.