Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell 'sincerely and unreservedly' apologized to the Afghan people on behalf of the Australian Defence Force during a press conference in Canberra, on Wednesday.
Campbell spoke about the highly-anticipated report into alleged war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2016, including 39 unlawful killings and reports of a culture of 'blood lust'.
«Such alleged behaviour profoundly disrespected the trust placed in us by the Afghan people who had asked us to their country to help them,» Campbell said.
«The killing, the unlawful killing of civilians and prisoners is never acceptable. It's my duty and that of my fellow Chiefs to set things right. Accountability rests with those who allegedly broke the law and with the chain of command responsible for the systemic failures involved,» he added.