A confidential defence inquiry has alleged members of Australia’s special forces units acted inappropriately in Afghanistan.
The Conservative Party’s lead Victorian Senate candidate, former SAS soldier Kevin Bailey says these allegations have to be seen in the context of terrorism and war.
The inquiry, commissioned two years ago by the then special operations commander, Major General Jeff Sengelman, and conducted by research consultant Samantha Crompvoets, heard “allusions to behaviour and practices involving abuse of drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, [and] unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations” by SAS soldiers.
An interviewee quoted in the report, claimed “disgraceful things [that] happened in Kabul” were “pretty much kept under wraps”. The report also describes “an organisation rift by internal tensions and rivalry” in which “perceptions of senior leadership failure and cover-ups” are widespread.
Mr Bailey was asked by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell if there is a line between a war crime and legitimate combat.
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