Damning report alleges war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan

by Julian Kerr

Australian special forces deployed in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016 were involved in the unlawful killing of 39 prisoners and civilians and the cruel treatment of two other individuals, according to a report by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) released on 19 November by ADF chief General Angus Campbell.

The investigation, carried out over four years by Major-General Paul Brereton, who is also a judge in the New South Wales Supreme Court, canvassed alleged war crimes committed by members of the Australian Special Air Services Regiment (SAS) and 2nd Commando Regiment during that time.

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