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Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 in Afghanistan, says report

Nov 19, 2020 22:30 IST

Australian special forces allegedly killed 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan, with senior commandos reportedly forcing junior soldiers to kill defenceless captives, according to military investigation report on war crimes. Australia said on Thursday that 19 current and former soldiers will be referred for potential criminal prosecution for allegedly killing the Afghan locals. The inquiry had started in 2016, to look into the conduct of special forces personnel in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. The report has been based on over 400 interviews with soldiers and officers.

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