Military Capabilities

Inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces entering final stage

25 February 2020

A secret investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by Australian special forces is in the final stages of evidence-taking and is focusing on accusations of unlawful killings of non-combatants and the cruel treatment of civilians and former enemy fighters.

Investigators are looking into 55 separate incidents of alleged breaches of the rule of law in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016 and a total of 336 witnesses have given evidence so far, according to the annual report of the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF).

The 2018–19 IGADF report was only tabled in the Australian Senate on 25 February, despite having been signed in November 2019.

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