Australia's elite special forces ＇unlawfully killed＇ 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners, including summary executions as part of initiation rituals, according to evidence in a searing military inquiry now being referred to a special war crimes prosecutor.
A years-long internal investigation into military misconduct was released Thursday, prompting the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to admit a ＇destructive＇ culture of impunity among special forces leading to a string of alleged murders and cover-ups spanning years.
＇Some patrols took the law into their own hands, rules were broken, stories concocted, lies told and prisoners killed,＇ General Angus Campbell said, apologizing ＇sincerely and unreservedly＇ to the people of Afghanistan.
A person captured by an opponent.
This shameful record includes alleged instances in which new patrol members were coerced to shoot a prisoner in order to achieve that soldier's first kill, in an appalling practice known as 'blooding.'