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Australian Military Apologizes to Afghan People over Troops’ War Crimes

HeadlineNov 19, 2020

The head of the Australian military has apologized to the people of Afghanistan after a four-year probe found Australian special forces committed war crimes by murdering at least 39 noncombatants in Afghanistan. The probe reveals a practice known as “blooding,” where patrol commanders ordered junior soldiers to shoot a prisoner in order to achieve the soldier’s first kill. The military has now referred dozens of cases to the Australian Federal Police for criminal investigation.

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