Australia confesses to war crimes in Afghanistan

General Angus Campbell, a senior Australian military official

General Angus Campbell, a senior Australian military official

Canberra … News Time

A senior Australian military official has admitted that his troops stationed in Afghanistan have been involved in criminal activities. According to news agencies, for the first time, war crimes related to soldiers have been recognized by Australia. A senior Australian military official, General Angus Campbell, has said there is strong evidence that Australian troops stationed in Afghanistan have killed at least 39 Afghan civilians who were fighting illegally. Had nothing to do with he said the matter had been under internal investigation for the past four years. “I sincerely apologize for any wrongdoing committed by the Australian Defense Forces against the Afghan people,” he was quoted as saying. He said that during the investigation, it was proved that some soldiers were involved in serious violations of professional values.

Our next step will now be to prosecute those involved in war crimes as it has been proven that 25 Special Forces soldiers, prisoners, farmers and other unarmed civilians in the Australian Army were involved. There is also strong evidence of 23 such incidents of killing civilians illegally, in which 39 Afghans were killed. The killings began in 2009, but most were killed between 2012 and 2013. In addition, a number of incidents have been reported in which soldiers first shot at prisoners to achieve their goal of killing someone and then arranged for fake evidence of killing in battle. Talking about the investigation report, General Angus Campbell added that there was no incident of killing that took place during the fighting or that it happened by mistake. He revealed that there are some soldiers who have been involved in these crimes and are still serving in the Australian Army. The investigation report recommended that 19 people be further investigated for involvement in crimes such as murder.

It should be noted that 55 incidents have been investigated during the investigation, in which evidence has been collected from 336 witnesses. Experts say the government’s attempt to prosecute and prosecute soldiers involved in war crimes while stationed in Afghanistan is in fact an attempt to avoid international war crimes charges and possible prosecution.


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