Nine Australian soldiers kill themselves in three weeks after report exposed war crimes by SAS troops in Afghanistan
Classified documents allege that some Australian troops killed unarmed men and children in Afghanistan, prompting a government-backed probe.
The Advertiser reports that an unprecedented nine soldiers – one women and eight men – have recently killed themselves.
The paper says they were aged from their early 20s to their 50s, and all died over a three-week-period, as Australia was rocked by allegations about Afghanistan.
Shocking footage, for example, showed an Australian SAS soldier shooting an unarmed Afghan man dead as he cowered in a field.
A damning new inquiry report by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force reveals soldiers allegedly killed 39 prisoners and civilians.
The ‘shameful record’ of alleged killings took place outside the “heat of battle”, the redacted 465-page report claimed.
It was published after a four-year investigation into allegations and rumours surrounding the behaviour of some soldiers in Special Air Service and Commando Regiments in Afghanistan from 2005 till 2016.
However, there has been no suggestion that any of the nine dead soldiers were linked to the report’s alleged war crimes.
It’s also not been established that they killed themselves as a result of the investigation and subsequent report. Plus, the recent deaths aren’t related.
But, the impact of extensively published allegations has been slammed by an ex-infantry soldier and veterans’ mental health advocate.