Afghanistan: Kabul residents react to Australian war crimes report

Kabul residents shared their reactions to a recently released report alleging that war crimes were committed by Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, on Friday. «In these 20 years, Afghans were killed in different names, our blood is not worthless, our elders should lift their voice to end this sleep,» said Najibullah, a local Kabul resident. «I think that only an apology is not enough, it goes to the Afghan government to follow the law and the foreign organization and to be able to compensate the victims,» said Zabiullah, another local. «I ask the government to take the issue seriously to not let even one Afghan be killed,» said Wahedullah, a Kabul resident. On Wednesday, Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell 'sincerely and unreservedly' apologised to the Afghan people on behalf of the Australian Defence Force during a press conference in Canberra. The public apology follows a scathing report highlighting a culture of 'blood lust' among elite Australian troops stationed in the country from 2005 to 2016, with the allegations including 39 unlawful killings of civilians. The Australian army has recommended that some 19 soldiers be investigated by federal police, as part of the report which was the result of a four-year inquiry into the conduct of Australia's special forces in Afghanistan.
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