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Australian special forces involved in murder of 39 Afghan civilians, war crimes report alleges

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According to the results of the years-long Canberra investigation into the conduct of Australian Special Forces personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, the commander of the Australian Defense Forces, General Angus Campbell, confirmed the existence of documented information about 39 unlawful killings at the hands of 25 Australian Special Forces personnel in 23 separate incidents between these two years.

Campbell also added that all of these incidents occurred outside the battlefield, pointing out that the results of the investigation indicate the occurrence of the most severe violations of military behavior and professional values, stressing that “the unlawful killing of civilians and prisoners is totally unacceptable.

According to reports, most of the dead, including prisoners, farmers, and local Afghans, were initially hostages, meaning that they were protected under international law.

Last week, Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said that Canberra had been informed that the local prosecution would deny the charges against Australian soldiers before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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