New information into deadliest alleged Afghanistan war crime suggests civilians were killed by Australian special forces to cover tracks – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: These are the chilling accounts currently emerging from testimonies in an Australian court case.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-09/deadliest-alleged-war-crime-by-special-forces-in-afghanistan/13362000

‘They decided to kill all of them’

What
happens next comes from the testimony of the Australian Special
Operations officer who was deployed to Afghanistan alongside the SAS.

One of the men on that patrol will later return to base and tell the officer what unfolded in that field around the tractor.

The Special Operations officer agreed to be quoted by ABC Investigations but asked not to be identified.

“He
told me from his perspective what happened, which was that the patrol
commander had accidentally shot one of this group of farmers,” the
officer said.

“And then they made the decision that they couldn’t leave anyone behind to tell [what happened].

“So, they decided to kill all of them.

“And he described the fact that there was a very young person, about 13 or 14, there.

“He described shooting someone as they hid within the tractor wheel, cowering.

“I
can’t remember if that was the 14-year-old … I believe he said he shot
more than one, but I can’t remember the exact details.

“Honestly, it just sounded like a bit of a spree.”

That young person was Abdul Salim.