War crimes in Afghanistan: Australia to dismiss 10 soldiers
Published: 02:37 PM, 27 November 2020
The Australian Defense Department has issued termination notices to at least 10 special forces soldiers after the release of a report that found credible evidence of unlawful killings in Afghanistan.
The decision is thought to have been made in light of a Brereton investigation report released last week. There was evidence that 25 members of the Australian Special Forces were involved in the killing of 39 Afghans.
A BBC report on Thursday said that the soldiers who received the letter had cooperated in the killing or were eyewitnesses. Many of them also gave false testimony during the investigation. Another 19 members of the special forces are facing trial on murder charges.
The Australian Prime Minister and the Chief of Defense Staff have apologized for war crimes in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan welcomed Australia’s war crimes investigation. A human rights group has called for an investigation into allegations of war crimes against troops from other countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States.