New information released on the deadliest alleged war crime in Afghanistan

New information released on the deadliest alleged war crime in Afghanistan


In what was considered the “deadliest” alleged atrocity by Australian special forces, unarmed civilians were shot in cold blood to cover up traces. Almost a year ago, ABC Investigations revealed how Australian special forces raided Kandahar province in 2012, killing up to 10 unarmed Afghan civilians. Further details have emerged about the same.

Read more on New information released on the deadliest alleged war crime in Afghanistan…


In what was considered the “deadliest” alleged atrocity by Australian special forces, unarmed civilians were shot in cold blood to cover up traces. Almost a year ago, ABC Investigations revealed how Australian special forces raided Kandahar province in 2012, killing up to 10 unarmed Afghan civilians. Further details have emerged about the same.

As part of the investigation, ABC contacted some of the men on the Zulu 1 patrol.

In violation of the Australian rules of engagement, the SAS patrol commander, Sergeant T, ordered the American doorman to shoot the Afghans below the helicopter to prevent them from dispersing. Shortly after the Black Hawk was dropped in the field, Sergeant T himself opened fire on the farmers in the field.

Also read | Afghanistan soldiers conduct operation against Taliban

An Australian special operations officer stationed in Afghanistan with the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) agreed to speak to ABC Investigations on condition that they remain anonymous. One of the men on this patrol returned to the base and told the officer what was going on in the field.

ABC quoted the officer as saying, “He told me from his point of view what happened, namely that the patrol commander accidentally shot one of these farmers [what hpened]”.

At that point, the officials decided to kill all the farmers. The man told the officer that it was a very young person, around 13 or 14. “He described how he shot someone who was hiding in the tractor wheel and crouching. I can’t remember if that was the 14 year old … I think he said he shot more than one but I can’t remember the exact details.

The SAS soldier who was present in the raid and was admitted to the position of Special Operations Officer is now known as Soldier C.

The raid is believed to be the worst one-day death toll uncovered by the date of the alleged unlawful killings of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

.

COMMENTS