Report finds Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghans
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A shocking Australian military report into war crimes has found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians.
Australian Defence Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell said Thursday the shameful record included alleged instances in which new patrol members would shoot a prisoner in order to achieve their first kill in a practice known as “blooding.” He said the soldiers would then plant weapons and radios to support false claims the prisoners were enemies killed in action.
Campbell told reporters in Canberra the illegal killings began in 2009, with the majority occurring in 2012 and 2013. He said some members of the elite Special Air Service encouraged “a self-centered, warrior culture.”
One thing that happens if we stay in Afghanistan, our soldiers can be vulnerable to attacks, we try to minimize that but also, war crimes can occur.
There has been talk of these potential war crimes for a few months now.
One might note, many countries have been in Afghanistan, international community, NATO. I think most countries have withdrawn now leaving us and not many others at this point.