Australian special forces troops face consequences for unlawful killings

Last week, Australia’s defence force announced allegations that its elite forces carried out 39 unlawful killings in Afghanistan. The report further specified that some patrol commanders, who were treated as “demigods”, required junior soldiers to shoot prisoners to achieve their first kill. “We are all committed to learning from the inquiry and emerging from this a stronger, more capable and effective army. Burr addressed allegations of war crimes commited by 13 Australian soldiers while on duty in Afghanistan. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Chief of Army Rick Burr speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra, Australia, 27 November 2020. Australia’s military apologised to Afghanistan last week after the release of the report. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Australian special forces troops face consequences for unlawful killings

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08845251 Chief of Army Rick Burr speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra, Australia, 27 November 2020. It recommended 19 individuals be referred to Australian Federal Police, compensation be paid to the families of victims, and that the military carry out a slew of reforms. Lieutenant General Rick Burr, the head of the Australian army, said that the soldiers have been issued with “administrative action notices,” which would terminate their service in two weeks. The report found there had been a “warrior culture” among some members of Australia’s special forces in Afghanistan. Each matter and individual circumstance will be considered on a case-by-case basis”, Burr said. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

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Australia on Friday told 13 special forces soldiers that they face dismissal following a report on alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan. Burr addressed allegations of war crimes commited by 13 Australian soldiers while on duty in Afghanistan. It cited the findings of a 2016 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.