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Will the US Face Penalties for its War Crimes?

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26.11.2020

The official statement from Angus Campbell, the Australian Chief of the Defense Force, delivering an apology to the people of Afghanistan for the crimes committed by Australian military personnel in the country’s territory from 2005 to 2016 has been something debated energetically in the past few days in many countries, and is seen as a significant act indicating A. Campbell’s public accountability.

The day before, Australian authorities had published a report on the violations committed by the Australian military in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2016, something which was based on the testimony of more than 400 witnesses, and analyses done on tens of thousands of documents that described the crimes committed – and unjustified by military actions on the battlefield; most of these occurred from 2009 to 2013.

It is worth noting that Australia, as part of the US-led coalition, sent its military to Afghanistan in 2001, and up until 2013 there were about 1,500 Australian soldiers in the country, while since 2013 about 300 people have remained who are involved in training and drill work with local military personnel. An investigation into the crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan began in 2017.

The investigation indicated 25 active duty and former Australian military service personnel, and said that the commanders of Australian SAS patrols in Afghanistan often forced recruits to dispatch prisoners to get their first experience with killing. This practice was called “baptism by blood”.

In his speech, General Angus Campbell announced that cases against 19 active duty and former Australian military personnel would soon be referred to a specially designated investigator to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the alleged murders of 39 Afghan residents, most of whom........

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