Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 3, 2021 The United States has lifted sanctions on senior members of the International Criminal Court (ICC), including a prosecutor who had launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the move in a statement on April 2, saying the department
Ariana: An Australian court on Thursday said it will allow four Afghans to give evidence via video link in a defamation case filed by a former Australian soldier accused of being involved in killing civilians in Afghanistan, Anadolu News Agency reported. Click here to read more (external link).
Al Jazeera: They are Australia’s elite special forces. For more than 10 years, they were on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. But explosive revelations expose a series of killings by some of these highly trained soldiers. In this revealing programme, a special forces operative who was on these covert missions speaks out
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 27, 2021 The Biden administration will review U.S. sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) officials imposed over investigations into U.S forces in Afghanistan, a State Department spokesman said on January 26. The Trump administration last year authorized economic sanctions and travel restrictions against employees of the ICC who were directly
Ariana: Mohammad Halim Fedayee, governor of Paktia province, said Monday the Taliban is using children in a conflict capacity on the battlefields – which is in violation of Islamic principles and international rules of war. According to Fedayee, the insurgent group is using children as suicide bombers and to carry explosives, among other conflict-based activities.
Ariana: Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations said on Thursday that all foreign forces in Afghanistan committing crimes should be brought to justice. The report stated that 19 Australian soldiers were involved in the killings however, none were identified but have been referred for possible prosecution. Click here to read more
The Guardian (UK): It’s nearly two weeks since Australian defence force chief Angus Campbell released the Brereton report, alleging war crimes perpetrated by Australians in Afghanistan. Two immensely difficult and challenging weeks not just for the ADF but for Afghan-Australians. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: A photograph obtained by The Guardian shows a senior Australian special forces soldier drinking beer out of the prosthetic leg of a dead Taliban fighter at an unauthorised bar on a base in Uruzgan province, in Afghanistan, in 2009. The picture of the beer swilling soldier comes amid a growing scandal following the release
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 23, 2020 Sharifullah Sharafat Abubakar Siddique TARIN KOT, Afghanistan — Mariam weeps at any mention of her late son, Rozi Khan. The Afghan grandmother, who goes by one name only, vividly remembers how Australian forces killed Khan, 22, in Sarkhum, their village near Tarin Kot, the capital of southern Uruzgan
By Phil Mercer VOA News November 19, 2020 SYDNEY – A four-year inquiry into Australian special forces in Afghanistan has found “credible evidence” of the “murder” of 39 prisoners, farmers or other civilians. Australian Defense Force Chief Angus Campbell released the final report Thursday. Nineteen Australian soldiers are suspected of executing 39 Afghan prisoners and civilians