Australian Soldiers Accused of War Crimes in Afghanistan

AUSTRALIAN Soldiers are accused of War Crimes in Afghanistan in a new report. 

AN explosive new report has revealed shocking allegations that soldiers in the Australian Defense Forces (AFD) murdered dozens of civilians in Afghanistan and deliberately covered up their war crimes.

The report alleges that Australian special forces units killed 39 civilians between 2005 and 2016 while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan alongside the US and UK. All victims were either non-combatants or no longer combatants, and the majority were prisoners. Perhaps most shocking is the allegation that young soldiers were instructed by senior officers to carry out the illegal executions to ‘blood’ them with their ‘first kill’.

Justice Paul Brereton, the report’s author, has identified 23 incidents of these murders taking place as well as 25 perpetrators. Some of the soldiers accused of these crimes are still serving in the AFD. In most cases, the murders would be deliberately covered up as they would constitute the war crime of murder if accepted by a jury. The report also noted that Patrol Commanders were ‘hero-worshipped’ by junior soldiers and that any complaints or previous accusations were routinely dismissed as ‘Taliban Propaganda’.

Lieutenant General Bill Burr, chief of Army, has described the report as ‘deeply troubling’ and said he was ‘committed to acting’ on the ‘extremely serious’ allegations.

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