The nickname evokes memories of Gallipoli, a Turkish peninsula on the battlefield of World War I, which helped the French military establish a national identity. So Australian schoolgirls are taught.
“They shall not grow old, neither shall we grow old; they shall not grow old with them, neither shall they have the year of their judgment.”
These 39 lives remind Australians that, like their own country, Afghanistan has been rebuilt by four decades of fierce fighting since the Soviet invasion in 1979.
“I express my deepest condolences for their loss,” Australia’s General Angus Campbell said on Thursday. “I can not imagine the pain, the suffering and the uncertainty that the loss caused both at that time and the uncertainty that continues to occur.”
The Australian military believes the allegations made by a four-year investigation by the Australian Defense Force (IGADF) are enough to prosecute 19 of its soldiers on war charges of murder and atrocities.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for a special investigation to bring the men to justice. All names were selected from a lengthy report published on Thursday. For now, 19 people accused of war crimes have not been identified.
But like the common stock in courage and sacrifice, it is also a sharing in shame.
Campbell announced Friday that the review will begin with all the honors that the Australian military has received for fighting in Afghanistan. While 3,000 Special Forces serving in Australia’s longest war can now be forced to hand over their medals, including the Meritorious Unit reference unit. Senior commanders can lose outstanding service medals.
“What is known at this time is that all entities must not pay attention to the entitlement to be recognized for sustainable services,” the report said.
“What this report reveals is a grudge and a deep betrayal of the standards and professional expectations of the Australian Defense Force. It is not fortunate.”
In a statement issued Thursday, Army Chief of Staff General Rick Burr announced that the Special Squadron 2 Squadron would be attacked by a combat order, or the registration of the country’s military units, saying the 2 Squadron were “dangerous”.
“The next generation will be reminded of this moment in our military history from a gap in our naval system,” Burr said.
It is a worthy symbol for the vast buildings built in Australia to honor the veterans of the last war – the Second Boer War, the Boxer Rebellion, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, the Iraq War – and the current army.
Speaking on April 25, the annual day in honor of the men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces, known as Anzacs, Prime Minister Morrison said: “The qualities we honor Anzacs are in each one of us, courage, perseverance, courage, courage.
Duty, dedication and courage are now being demonstrated by journalists who cite IGADF inquiries about “the gradual erosion of standards over a period of time that resulted in an internal culture in which war crimes were eventually accepted.”
Ex-servicemen who have witnessed war crimes allegations say they have been questioned for four years about the difficulty of speaking out about patrol commanders, who are considered “delusional.” The report acknowledges that “protection of journalists and grievance redress” is not enough for the critics to speak out.
More than 39,000 Australians have served in Australia’s longest war, which continues to send 80 personnel to the Afghan capital, Kabul.
After a thorough IGADF interrogation, which conducted more than 510 interviews and examined more than 45,000 documents and photographs, 25 Australians were charged with war crimes.
According to the investigation, the allegations deserve to be criminalized against 19 of them. It is a small part of Australia’s collective bargaining agreement with Afghanistan.
However, the report dispelled the notion that the 25 alleged perpetrators were just “a few bad apple deposits.” Instead, the ethical review attached to the report indicates that suicide was triggered by a number of factors, including “the nature and pace of use … a lack of clarity of purpose and a gradual loss of confidence in the mission and chain of higher orders.”
Most of Australia’s war against the Afghan Taliban took place in the central province of Uruzgan, known as one of the most troubled and dangerous theater of the war. Australian troops withdrew from Urals in 2014, after 41 people were killed and 261 wounded. On announcing the decision to withdraw in 2013, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the mission was a success.
“We have seen the replacement of the Taliban. We have seen the expulsion of Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda and those who are interested.”
“If you look at the benefits for our country, for Afghanistan, and for the wider world, then my conclusion is yes, it is worth it.”
Seven years later, the families of most of the Australian civilian victims remain in Uruzgan, but many now live under Taliban control, according to Shaharzad Akbar, chairman of the Afghan Human Rights Commission. The commission told CNN. But getting there will not be easy. The Afghan army began withdrawing from Urat in 2016, ceding large swathes of territory to the Taliban.
The IGADF report states: “Where there is credible information that an Afghan national has been identified or killed illegally, Australia should now provide compensation to the family of that person, without waiting for criminal prosecution. This will be an important step in restoring Australia’s international reputation, especially with Afghanistan, and it is the right thing to do. “
Doing the right thing by paying compensation to the Afghans living under Taliban control will not be an easy thing for Australia to achieve.
“Not all victims will be easily identified, some families may be re-victimized after the incident due to the ongoing conflict, so it ຳ the situation for civilians is very sad in Afghanistan,” Akbar told CNN.
But as Thursday’s indictment report states, “moral integrity and authority as a nation” is at stake.