Australian Special Forces Involved in Murder of 39 Afghan Civilians, War Crimes Report Alleges


Australian special forces were allegedly involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians, in some cases executing prisoners to “blood” junior soldiers before inventing cover stories and planting weapons on corpses, a major report has found.

For more than four years, the Maj Gen Justice Paul Brereton has investigated allegations that a small group within the elite Special Air Services and commando regiments killed and brutalized Afghan civilians. In some cases, they allegedly slit their throats, gloated about their actions, kept kill counts, and photographed bodies with planted phones and weapons to justify their actions. The actions of the special forces were described as, “disgraceful and a profound betrayal” of the Australian Defense Force. In every case, the report found that it “was or should have been plain that the person killed was a noncombatant.”

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The Guardian