Australia Investigates Alleged Army War Crimes in Afghanistan

Australia has participated in the War in Afghanistan since 2001 and is a part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. A few years ago, inquiries into possible crimes committed by Australian soldiers during their time in Afghanistan began.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Thursday announced that an investigation regarding possible offences committed by Australian special forces in Afghanistan ‘is ongoing’.

According to The Guardian, the Australian law enforcement reportedly issued a statement that read: ‘In June 2018, the Australian federal police received a referral to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict’.

As the probe into the reported war crimes of Australian soldiers continues, the police’s spokesman declined to provide additional details, including the source of the allegations.

‘The AFP will not confirm or deny the specific incidents or the identity of those subject to the investigation’, the spokesman for the Australian Federal Police said on Thursday.

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The chief of the Defence Force, Angus Campbell, and the inspector-general of the Australian Defence Force, James Gaynor, have been briefed on the AFP’s referral, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

A leading Australian media company, Fairfax Media, earlier identified one of the soldiers under investigation as Ben Roberts-Smith — an honoured…

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