The Australian Defense Force (ADF) released a report on Thursday detailing the results of a four-year investigation into alleged abuses by Australian troops in Afghanistan.
The report found 39 unlawful killings were committed between 2005 and 2016 by Australian special forces soldiers, 19 of whom will now face criminal investigation and the potential loss of military honors.
Only the report summary has been released to the public so far, while the details remain classified.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in advance of the report’s release to apologize for its findings, expressing his “deepest sorrow over the misconduct by some Australian troops in Afghanistan.” He assured Ghani that follow-up investigations and prosecutions will focus on “ensuring justice,” according to Ghani’s office.
Morrison also warned the Australian people in advance that the report would contain “difficult and hard news.”
Australian General Angus John Campbell said there was