Australian defence chief releases report into allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan

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The Brereton report into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan has found credible evidence that Australian SAS soldiers were involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians. The alleged incidents have been described as a ‘disgraceful and a profound betrayal of the Australian defence force’, and include evidence that junior soldiers were coerced to execute prisoners to achieve their first kill in a process known as ‘blooding’. Speaking at the release of the report, defence force chief General Angus Campbell said ‘These findings allege the most serious breaches of military conduct and professional values. The killing, the unlawful killing, of civilians and prisoners is never acceptable. It is my duty, and that of my fellow chiefs, to set things right.’ Australian special forces Afghanistan war crimes inquiry report released – latest updates Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians, war crimes report alleges

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