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Australian SAS members accused of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan

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Some members of Australia’s elite special forces allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan amid a “complete lack of accountability” from the military chain of command, a confidential Defence inquiry has found.

Nick McKenzie, investigative journalist at The Age, told Ross and John he and journalist Chris Masters six-month investigation has uncovered accounts given by SAS insiders.

“The terminology involved is a disregard for human life and unlawful acts of violence, put simply that amounts to alleged war crimes over in Afghanistan,” Nick said.

“There are cases when victims are alleged to be civilians, and not just civilians but detainees.

“It’s certainly the biggest thing to hit the armed forced in recent years.”

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“We’ve been doing this investigation for six months and we’ll have a more detailed report tomorrow.”

Photo: Department of Defence

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