Live blog. Andrew Bolt: No sign of officers in Afghanistan war crimes scandal Australian soldiers allegedly committed the worst war crimes in our living history … Most tend to some variant of the rotten apple theory: a few particularly fruits that may be isolated and extruded from the barrel. KABUL, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The alleged war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan during their military mission have drawn strong reaction from Afghans, who condemned the killings of innocent people. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorised an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity occurring in Afghanistan since 2003, by the Taleban, and United States and Afghan government forces. Australia finds evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan inquiry. Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan Are the Product of an Endless War for Profit. Media reporting has already shown damning evidence of war crimes from some elements of Australia’s Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. Afghan soldiers and warlords have been accused of rape, murder and kidnap almost since fighting began in late 2001. The Brereton inquiry reveals that even the troops sent to Afghanistan had long seen through this myth. Evidence of war crimes found against 25 Australian soldiers in Afghanistan The inquiry into Australian Special Forces’ misconduct in Afghanistan has found evidence of war crimes involving 25 current or former Australian Defence Force personnel. War crimes—the West’s hidden horrors in Afghanistan Murders, torture and massacres—that’s the reality of the war in Afghanistan exposed by a report into Australian war crimes. A fortnight after its release, and now fuelled by China’sMore At least 10 current members of the elite Special Air Service Regiment implicated in the damning Afghanistan war crimes inquiry have received termination notices. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed that allegations of war crimes committed by his country's soldiers in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016 will be taken "very seriously". An inspector general's report on alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by members of the Australian military is partially redacted. Instrumentally, none of the alleged crimes were committed during the heat of battle. More in Afghanistan: Imperfect Releases: Andrew Hastie, War Crimes Reports And Australia In Afghanistan 05/12/2020; Trump’s Afghan Drawdown Doesn’t Mean War Is Ending 18/11/2020; Impunity And Carefree Violence: Australia’s Special Forces In Afghanistan 26/10/2020 The victims were non-combatants or prisoners. The political establishment has feigned shock at the revelations, but complicity in these crimes goes all the way to the top. By Chris Dite. For 14 months, journalist Mark Willacy and the ABC Investigations team has scrutinised serious and shocking allegations of war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan. For example, Wikileaks released a classified U.S. military video of its military indiscriminately slaying over a dozen people, including two Reuters staff, in the Iraq suburb of New Baghdad. the discussion in Australia as to how such atrocities are to be approached is telling. The exposure of numerous war crimes by Australian and other invading armed forces, first by WikiLeaks and other media and only years later officially confirmed, were the nails in the coffin of the myth of the “good war” in Afghanistan. The US has been accused several times of war crimes since it occupied Afghanistan under the guise of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. This included forensic visits to Afghanistan to collect evidence. Major-General Paul Brereton presented his report into allegations of Australian war crimes in Afghanistan as necessary for a more effective ADF. But if we’re horrified when the Army breaks the rules of war, we should also be outraged when it follows them, writes Nick Riemer. The inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan is done: what now? After all, the AFP have been running two war crime investigations for some time now. Last week, the Brereton Report documented terrible atrocities committed by Australian forces in Afghanistan. Morrison announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. In September, the Federal Court heard that the AFP have obtained eyewitness accounts implicating Ben Roberts-Smith in war crimes. The Australian Federal Police have already carried out one unsuccessful prosecution of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. For many Australians, looking back on a history of war heroism, it will be hard to take in what the investigation by Justice Paul Brereton has found: 25 current or former soldiers, from the special forces, allegedly perpetrated, as principals or accessories, war crimes in Afghanistan. Australian police to investigate soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan. Of course, others need to engage in self-introspection too, it’s not just Australian troops that have committed war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Imperfect Releases: Andrew Hastie, War Crimes Reports and Australia in Afghanistan by Binoy Kampmark If one were to get into the head of Australian … (Lukas Coch/Reuters) The call for responsibility has varied by degrees. I wonder what happened to that investigation. The deliberate targeting of civilians by the Taliban and other groups continues to this day. A 2009 prosecution failed in respect of two soldiers in respect of the death of several children killed when two grenades were tossed into … "Killing of unarmed individuals, civilians and non-combatants are war crimes. Four-year inquiry began after local media reported special forces had killed unarmed men and children. The investigation will also cover crimes related to the Afghan conflict that took place on the territory of other ICC member states, thereby bringing […] For many Australians, looking back on a history of war heroism, it will be hard to take in what the investigation by Justice Paul Brereton has found: 25 current or former soldiers, from the special forces, allegedly perpetrated, as principals or accessories, war crimes in Afghanistan, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. "The Australian government has to bring the war … The Australian Defence Force (ADF) on Thursday released the … It … The inquiry began in 2016, with the remit to investigate rumours of war crimes carried out by members of the Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2016. The evidence of these war crimes — committed between 2009 and 2012 — has been made public in the form of often traumatising to watch body camera footage, leaked official documents, eyewitness accounts by several members of the special forces and testimony from Afghan villagers who survived the atrocities.. On several occasions, conscience-stricken members of the special forces … Nine Australian soldiers have taken their own lives in just three weeks amid the release of a damning report into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. INTERNATIONAL prosecutors tasked with looking into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan have no shortage of potential targets. 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