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Kabul Demands Justice Over Australian Atrocities Against Civilians 


An undated Australian Department of Defense handout image shows Special Operations Task Group soldiers on patrol in Uruzgan Province.

Australia's prime minister has assured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the soldiers responsible for Australian atrocities against Afghan civilians would be brought to justice, the presidential palace in Kabul said on November 20.

The news comes a day after an inspector of the Australian armed forces released a report containing clear evidence that a group of Australian special forces killed at least 39 Afghan civilians in 23 different incidents between 2009 to 2013.

According to the investigation, 25 perpetrators were identified, of whom some still were serving in the armed forces.

The Afghan government said the report was a major step in ensuring transparency, and that it had full confidence in the Australian legal system that justice would be served.

Between 2001 and 2014, at least 26,000 Australians troops served in Afghanistan. During the period, 41 Australian forces were killed, and more than 260 others were wounded, according to reports.

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