The report also reported evidence that troops were engaged in‘body count competitions,’ and covered up unlawful killings by staging skirmishes, planting weapons and adding names to target lists retrospectively.
The military's own Inspector-General produced the harrowing 465-page official inquiry into events between 2005 and 2016 that detailed dozens of killings ‘outside the heat of battle.’ It recommended that 19 individuals be referred to the Australian Federal Police, compensation be paid to victims' families and the implementation of reforms.
Campbell went a step further, saying that those involved had brought a‘stain’ on their regiment, on the armed forces and on Australia, and would be referred to the Office of the Special Investigator.
He also moved to revoke distinguished service medals awarded to special operations forces who served in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013.
A count of the bodies of killed enemy soldiers.
Entire units were pitted against each other in body count competitions with prizes at stake.