Australia disbands special forces squadron accused of killing Afghan civilians

A squadron of Australian special forces operators unlawfully killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan, according to a war crimes investigation that has prompted the disbanding of the unit.

“What this report discloses is disgraceful and a profound betrayal of the Australian Defence Force’s professional standards and expectations,’’ Judge Paul Brereton, who led the four-year investigation on behalf of the Australian Defense Force’s inspector general, said upon the release of his findings.

The report alleges that Australian special forces operators instructed their junior teammates to execute unarmed civilians and prisoners “to achieve the soldier’s first kill, in an appalling practice known as ‘blooding,’”
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