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Australia to dismiss at least 10 soldiers over Afghan killings - ABC



FILE PHOTO: Members of Australia's special forces conduct an exercise during the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne March 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas/Files


SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has issued termination notices to at least 10 special forces soldiers after the release of a report that found credible evidence of unlawful killings in Afghanistan, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said on Thursday.


An independent report published last week in redacted form said there was evidence that 39 unarmed Afghan prisoners and civilians were killed by 19 Australian soldiers.


None of the 19 soldiers was identified in the report, which was written by a state judge appointed by the inspector-general of defence. The 19 current and former soldiers have been referred for possible prosecution.


Amid the immediate fallout, the ABC said 10 soldiers had been formally notified that they would be dismissed.


The broadcaster did not identify any of the 10 but said all of them were witnesses or accessories and therefore not among the 19 referred for possible criminal charges.


The Department of Defence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


The ABC said the 10 soldiers would have at least 14 days to respond to the termination notices. It did not say if any of them had legal representation.


Australia's most senior military official apologised to Afghanistan last week after the release of the report.


Australia sent troops to join U.S.-led forces that tried to defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan in the years after the Islamists were forced from power in 2001.



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I wouldn't call action as a result of a 4 year investigation "knee jerk".

Its tommy this and tommy that and chuck im out the brute,but hes hero of the country when the guns begin to shoot......rudyard kipling but still topical.

How would you know? Ever been in an operation where the enemy looks exactly the same as the "friendly" villagers and where the friendly villagers can be your enemy the next week? If you don't want thi

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This knee jerk reaction will bite the authorities in the arrse if they're binned without due process; furthermore as commonwealth citizens there's no reason why they can't immediately reapply to join the British Army if they so choose as they're currently unblemished in the legal sense.

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1 hour ago, Natai Beach said:

Slit unarmed teenage kids throats and shot old grandpa in his own home. 

I wonder what the families think of this punishment?

They were witnesses or accessories to it, they werent the culprits.

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7 minutes ago, evadgib said:

Firing anyone without due process is.

Due process is underway - they've been notified - they have a right to respond - then they're out.


Never has been an issue with kicking people out the armed forces with a dishonourable discharge.

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1 minute ago, Sujo said:

4 years of investigation where they could come forward and explain is fair enough. Its the military, not civilian.

The military regularly come unstuck by employment law although whether this is the case in Oz remains to be seen.

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4 hours ago, herfiehandbag said:

I don"t think, under the circumstances, any applications would be accepted.

Judging by the amounts of advertising for the armed forces i would beg to differ,had a mate in the 70s had a criminal record,got sectoned thru drugs,was released and joined the army the next week.

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