Melbourne, Australia – A week after the release A bad statement As Australian Special Forces illegally killed helpless Afghan civilians and launched a campaign to cover up the massacre, the military has begun operations to lay off 13 soldiers in the army.
At a news conference on Friday, Lt. Gen. Rick Burr, commander of the Australian Army, said that military action had been taken against troops in connection with the Afghanistan investigation.
“Administrative action also includes obtaining a proposed notice to terminate an individual’s service,” he said. “This notice allows the individual to respond within at least 14 days.” So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, he said.
A four-year investigation by the Inspector General of the Defense Department has exposed a serious “warrior culture” within elite special forces. There is credible evidence that more than two dozen current or former soldiers were involved in the killing of 39 Afghan teenagers, prisoners, farmers and other civilians between 2005 and 2016.
The investigation described how some high-ranking officials ordered junior soldiers to hang Afghan prisoners. Then, weapons or equipment are placed near the bodies so that they look like legitimate targets and cover stories are discovered.
The findings prompted Prime Minister Scott Morrison to express his “deepest condolences” to the Afghan president, and Australia’s defense chief, General Angus Campbell, apologized “unconditionally” to the Afghan people.
This is the first time a member of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan has publicly accused his troops of wrongdoing, on such a large scale.
The Inspector General recommended that 19 soldiers be referred to criminal prosecutors and that compensation be paid to the families of the victims in Afghanistan. The report also called for administrative action against soldiers who did not meet the limit of evidence for abuse or criminal cases, but said it “should have some effect on the member.”
General Campbell accepted all the recommendations of the report and said he would remove an elite section at the center of the investigation.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.