Australian elite forces allegedly killed 39 Afghans civilians and prisoners unlawfully in an environment where 'blood lust' and 'competition killings' were reportedly a norm, according to a long-awaited official report.
Speaking on Nov. 19, chief of the Australian Defense Force Gen. Angus Campbell said there had been a 'warrior culture' among some members of Australia's special forces serving in Afghanistan.
One alleged incident, the details of which have been redacted to protect the identities of those involved, is referred to in the document as 'possibly the most disgraceful episode in Australia's military history.'
None of the 39 alleged unlawful killings happened in the heat of battle, according to the report, and the Afghans who died were non-combatants or no longer combatants.
Special forces, highly trained military units.
※in the heat of battle:
In the most intense or active stage of a battle.
During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, some journalists died in the heat of battle.