After the September 11, 2001 attacks, more than 26,000 Australian uniformed personnel were sent to Afghanistan to fight alongside US and allied forces against the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups.
Australian combat troops officially left the country in 2013, but since then a series of often-brutal accounts have emerged about the conduct of elite special forces units. They range from reports of troops killing a six-year-old child in a house raid to a prisoner being shot dead to save space in a helicopter.
The revelations are also a serious blow to the prestige of the country's military, which is widely revered by Australians. Its historic campaigns have played a crucial role in fostering the country's identity, independent of colonial power Britain.
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Australia's scandal-plagued armed forces were dealing another round of embarrassing revelations over misconduct.