Australia admits to committing war crimes in Afghanistan

A 465-page official investigation, released Thursday, November 19, provides details of killings carried out between 2009 and 2013 by Australian Army Special Forces soldiers on Afghan civilians and prisoners, allegedly taking place outside of clashes.

General Angus Campbell, Chief of the Australian Army, acknowledged that “Some patrols have flouted the law. Rules were broken, stories made up, lies told and prisoners killed. “ He then presented “Sincere and unreserved apologies” to the Afghan people, issued however after years of suppressing these revelations.

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According to the chief of the Australian army, new recruits would have “Were forced to shoot a prisoner in order to commit their first murder”. A practice known as “Blooding”. According to the report, which includes more than 400 testimonies, these young soldiers would then have staged a confrontation to camouflage the incident.

“Some soldiers of the international coalition have committed inhumane acts. There is no shortage of stories of soldiers having urinated on corpses or taking pictures with corpses ”, underlines Karim Pakzad, sought after associated with Iris.

A report revealing inhumane acts

General Angus Campbell asserted that those involved in “The alleged murder of 39 people” have left a “Task” on their regiment, on the armed forces, and that they should be sent back to the “Office of the special investigator” in charge of war crimes. The revocation of certain medals awarded to special operations forces who served in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2013 has been requested.

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After the attacks of September 11, 2001, more than 26,000 Australian troops were sent to Afghanistan to fight alongside American and allied forces against the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other Islamist groups, before leaving the country in 2013. Since their departure, the Australian media have reported on several very serious accusations against these forces. Karim Pakzad recalls in particular “The story of an Afghan who was shot to make room in a helicopter was unveiled at the time. “

Forced confessions

The affair erupted in 2017. Public broadcaster ABC aired a series of investigations accusing Australian forces of killing unarmed men and children in Afghanistan.

The government initially sought to close the accounts of whistleblowers reporting these accusations, while the police attacked journalists relaying them. “The Afghan government was aware of such acts. He never wanted to make this information public since these soldiers, who came to support him against the Taliban, should not be singled out ”, affirme Karim Pakzad.

“These revelations, made official by the government, are blessed bread for Islamist terrorists, according to this specialist in the region. This is how they manage to fill their ranks. “

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