KABUL: Following the reveal of the bombshell reports of Australian Special Forces’ war crimes in Afghanistan that left 39 innocent people died, nine Australian soldiers including a female service member have committed suicide.
These soldiers have taken their own lives within the last three week, a British Newspaper, Daily Mail said on Monday. The four-year inquiry revealed records of Australian soldiers’ illegal killing of Afghan civilians that occurred outside of the battlefields.
The report faced widespread condemnation by the Afghan officials and as well as world countries.
Giving details about the reports of killing Afghan civilians by Australian Special Forces, chief of the Australian defense forces Gen. Angus Campbell made an apology for the people of Afghanistan.
“To the people of Afghanistan, on behalf of the Australian Defense Force, I sincerely and unreservedly apologize for any wrongdoing by Australian soldiers,” he added. “I have spoken directly to my Afghan counterpart, General (Yaseen) Zia, to convey this message.”
Such alleged behavior, he said, profoundly disrespected the trust placed in Australian forces by the people of Afghanistan, at a time when they had asked for our help.
“Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia in a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan has extended apologies for the misconduct identified by the inquiry, by some Australian military personnel in Afghanistan,” the presidential palace has said in a tweet.