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War crimes by SAS in Afghanistan
06-29-2020, 01:30 PM
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War crimes by SAS in Afghanistan
We shouldn't be too keen to point fingers at the way other nations conduct themselves in a war zone. Not until we have cleaned out own bad apples and sorted out the leadership.

Quote:Special forces chief acknowledges war crimes, blames 'poor moral leadership'

The senior army officer in charge of Australia’s special forces has admitted some elite soldiers committed war crimes in Afghanistan and blamed the atrocities on “poor moral leadership” in an extraordinary confidential briefing to dozens of troops at SAS headquarters.

In a private briefing delivered in late March, Major-General Adam Findlay also made the stunning admission that war crimes may have been covered up and that Australia’s special forces will take a decade to recover from the long running investigation overseen by senior NSW judge Paul Brereton.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the meeting revealed General Findlay, the Australian Special Operations Commander, briefed dozens of Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) soldiers at Perth’s Campbell Barracks, telling them, “Brereton knows more about this command than anybody.” General Findlay said Justice Brereton had interviewed hundreds of SAS personnel under oath and he had a “very strong evidential basis of what is fact”.



General Findlay’s forthright comments are the first direct admission from military top brass that the Brereton Inquiry is set to make adverse findings. They will increase pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds to support the release of parts of his report to Federal Parliament and the Australian public. General Findlay has served in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Iraq and holds a PHD in military history from the University of NSW.

General Findlay said the one positive aspect of the Brereton Inquiry was that it showed some SAS soldiers were brave enough to blow the whistle on war crimes. He described their “moral courage” while warning those who had lied to Justice Brereton out of “misguided loyalty” had been identified as “perjurers” and would be removed from the SAS “as a minimum”.
"There is strength here. There is a moral code. The reason we got the [Brereton inquiry] is because people came forward [to expose war crimes],” he said.

"[Winston] Churchill had a great saying: ‘When you are walking through hell it is best that you keep walking.’ That’s what we are going to do.



Full article here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/special-...556z6.html

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06-29-2020, 02:04 PM
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RE: War crimes by SAS in Afghanistan
They train these men as first responders, now i can only imagine what that might entail, the problem with this soldier is he shot an unarmed man who offered not threat to him or any other troops there at the time, that is above the rules of engagement that was murder and he will be called to account for that.
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06-29-2020, 02:10 PM
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RE: War crimes by SAS in Afghanistan
Unfortunately, it does not involve just one man.

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