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Analysis: The moral integrity of Australia's military is now at stake

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

All Australians are taught the ode of remembrance, recited for the nation's fallen soldiers known lovingly as "Diggers."

Now the Australian public knows that age shall not weary the 39 Afghan civilians and non-combatants reportedly condemned by its own Diggers in Afghanistan.

"I am sincerely sorry for their loss," Australia's chief of the Defense Force, Gen. Angus Campbell, said Thursday of the Afghan nation.

The Australian army believes that the allegations gathered by a four-year investigation by the Inspector General of the Australian Defense Force (IGADF) is enough to prosecute 19 of its soldiers for the alleged war crimes of murder and cruel treatment.

Speaking on April 25 this year, the annual day to honor the men and women of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps known as Anzacs, Prime Minister Morrison said, "The qualities for which we honor the Anzacs live on in each of us -- endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humor, mateship and devotion, to duty to each other, to Australia. "

More than 39,000 Australians have served in Australia's longest war, which continues with the ongoing deployment of 80 personnel to the Afghan capital, Kabul.

After the exhaustive IGADF inquiry conducted more than 510 witness interviews and reviewed more than 45,000 documents and photographs, 25 Australians were alleged to have committed war crimes.

Seven years later most of the families of Australian civilian victims remain in Uruzgan, but now many live under Taliban control, according to Shaharzad Akbar, the chairwoman for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

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