Canberra, Australia – The report, prepared by the Inspector General of the Australian Defense Force (IGADF) as a result of a four-year investigation and containing “credible evidence” documenting the unlawful killing of Afghan civilians, was announced by the Australian chief of Staff, General Angus Campbell.
Assessing the findings in the report, which heard hundreds of witnesses and examined 57 incidents involving 25 soldiers, Campbell said the report revealed the “shameful record of warrior culture” of some soldiers.
Noting that none of the illegal murders included in the report were identified “in the heat of war” and that the murders were committed consciously, Campbell said: “there is no evidence in the report that the perpetrators did things confused or unwillingly. the phrase ” used.
According to the data obtained in their hands, the Australian Defense Forces (ADF) personnel have committed crimes or 25, or at least that were involved in serious crimes “credible information” emphasizing that it is General Campbell, “the people of Afghanistan, the Australian Defense Force (ADF) on behalf of Australian troops sincerely and unconditionally apologize for any crime.” said.
ADF Inspector General Major General Paul Brereton, who produced the report, said he believed the Federal Government should pay compensation to the families of victims in Afghanistan even before the issues went to trial.
Major General Brereton said that some Australian soldiers had received evidence that they planned to avoid possible investigation by placing some weapons and bombs next to the bodies of killed Afghan civilians to suggest that they were a “legitimate target.”:
“These were developed for the purpose of concealing premeditated unlawful killings. Cases in which credible information about a war crime has been found are cases in which it is clear that the person killed was not a fighter or should have been.”
Investigators conducting the investigation prepared the report by interviewing 423 witnesses about the conduct of Australian soldiers between 2005 and 2016, examining more than 20 thousand documents and about 25 thousand images.
The report recommends that a total of 36 incidents be referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for criminal investigation.
Australia has about 400 troops in Afghanistan as part of ongoing peacekeeping efforts with the US and other allies.
At a press conference, US Secretary of defense Christopher Miller announced that the number of troops in Iraq, where there are currently 3,200 American soldiers, and Afghanistan, where there are 5 thousand soldiers, will be reduced to 2,500 by January 15, 2021.