KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An Afghan rights watchdog and a tribal leader are cautiously welcoming an Australian government report into suspected war crimes by its special forces in Afghanistan following a four-year investigation.
After the report’s publication, a new investigative agency headed by a retired judge or senior criminal lawyer will build criminal cases against some soldiers who were in the Special Air Service Regiment and Commando Regiment in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, Australian officials said.
Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission said it provided information on at least 10 cases of alleged war crimes to Australian investigators.
“We hope this report is published as soon as possible, so that the Afghan people – especially the victims – can know what really happened,” said Zabiullah Farhang, a spokesman for the organization.
He said details on the cases were not being released in order to protect the alleged victims’ confidentiality and security. Australia will make public a redacted version of