Australia, Perth, War Crimes

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Australian minister says war crimes report made her 'ill'

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite...

11/20/2020 10:01:00 AM

Australia n Defense Minister Linda Reynolds says she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australia n troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia n Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite...

November 20, 2020 GMTAn honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

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An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians.

“I was like every other Australian who watched that; I was totally and utterly shocked and mortified,” she told a business conference in Perth. “I got the report two weeks ago and it made me physically ill.”Australian Defence Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell on Thursday said the report included alleged instances in which new Special Air Service (SAS) patrol members would shoot a prisoner in order to achieve their first kill in a practice known as “blooding.”

ADVERTISEMENTThe defense chief was announcing the findings of a four-year investigation by Paul Brereton, a judge who interviewed more than 400 witnesses and reviewed thousands of pages of documents.Campbell said soldiers had also planted weapons and radios to support false claims the prisoners were enemies killed in action. He unreservedly apologized to the Afghan people.

The report recommended 19 soldiers be referred to federal police for criminal investigation. Campbell said he’s accepting all the report’s recommendations.“It is, I think, distressing for everybody who has or still does wear the uniform,” Reynolds said. “But if you look at it the other way, the fact is we have faced up to this because it doesn’t represent our values as a nation, it does not represent the values of the Australian Defence Force, and we have to tackle it, but to tackle it we have to be honest and it has to be transparent.”

Campbell said the illegal killings began in 2009, with the majority occurring in 2012 and 2013. He said some members of the elite Special Air Service encouraged “a self-centered, warrior culture.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already announced a special investigator will help pursue possible prosecutions because the workload would overwhelm existing police resources.

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The whole Australia should feel “physically ill” not just the defense minister. Sydney If Reynolds says she is physically sick reading the report then she seriously needs to think if she is right for the job. She and everybody else must wait until these men and women have their day in court. I wonder if they will take action? Or be like America and make them war heroes

they're also in america doing the same thing So naive or so fake , this is war Women walking across the dirt street carrying a basket was a civilian. But she was sneaking land mines and grenades in the baslet near the armored vehicles to destroy them. Thats what kind of war it was. Even the civilians, some were killers.

Farmers aren't civilians? And damnit, I'll out up with most of your styleguide even though I'm a ChicagoManuel guy, but the OxfordComma is the way to go. If lindareynoldswa was truly shocked then maybe she should immediately have the charges against whistleblower David McBride dropped. auspol Hmmmm. My first reaction was that they need to be prosecuted! But then, am not Australian or their Defense Minister.

Jail? Cool so do something about it? Because fuck your feelings. Now don't forget how the Trump administration blacklisted the ICC prosecutor for investigating war crime in Afghan, the real devil is still in the white house😂 American Pentagon: this is global white supremacy More good news please(((