Australia investigates alleged war crimes by soldiers in Afghanistan



Australia’s military watchdog has launched a probe into reports of possible war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan over the past years.

The office of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defense Force made the announcement in a statement on Friday, saying that it was conducting an inquiry “into rumors of possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict” by Australian troops in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.

“The inquiry would like anyone who has information regarding possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by Australian forces in Afghanistan, or rumors of them, to contact the inquiry,” the statement reads.

New South Wales Supreme Court and Army Reserve officer Judge Paul Brereton made a public plea for further information and asked for anyone with relevant information to come forward.


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