The Australian Prime Minister responded to the Australian soldiers’ crimes in Afghanistan for the first time:they will be dealt with according to law
Australian Defence Force Commander Angus Campbell recently publicized an investigation report on the Australian Forces in Afghanistan, confirming that Australian soldiers had””Illegal killing” of local prisoners of war and civilians. Australian Prime Minister Morrison responded on the 21st, calling the news”disturbing and frustrating.”
According to a Reuters report on the 21st, Morrison made public comments on the aforementioned investigation report for the first time that day, saying:”This is a terrible, extremely disturbing and frustrating report.” He said that Australia will The case was handled in accordance with the country’s laws, systems and judicial system.
According to the news released by Afghan President Ghani on Twitter on the 19th, the Australian Prime Minister had already spoken to him on the same day. Morrison expressed his deepest sorrow for the misconduct of some Australian troops in Afghanistan. Ensure that an investigation will be conducted on the incident and that justice will be ensured.
On the 19th local time, Campbell held a press conference in Canberra, the capital of Australia, and disclosed that a four-year investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Defence Forces found that between 2005 and 2016, “there is reliable evidence that 25 Australian special Troop soldiers illegally killed 39 Afghans in 23 incidents. Most of the persons involved were from the Special Air Service Regiment“.
Campbell said that”none of the above incidents occurred in fierce fighting” and”is the most serious violation of military behavior and professional values.” The investigation report recommends prosecution of 19 active and former soldiers involved.
After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Australia and other allies participated in the Afghan War launched by the United States to overthrow Taliban regime. The media later exposed a series of terrifying actions by the Australian army in Afghanistan, including the killing of a 6-year-old child during a raid on a house and shooting prisoners in order to save aircraft space.