Ce webmaster était un soldat des forces spéciales. Il y a un élément dans notre société qui essaie toujours de discréditer ces hommes pour des raisons inconnues. Il ne fait aucun doute qu'il est soutenu ou communiste, vous le savez, la fraction de gauche. Son en cours depuis toujours, pendant la guerre du Vietnam les dockers ont refusé de charger des navires d'approvisionnement, etc.. Le pire délinquant était alors le premier ministre australien Gough Whitlam. Ses funérailles ont été quelque chose d'une farce, les gens ne voulaient pas être assis près d'autres et la plupart étaient heureux qu'il était mort. Qu'est-ce galles ce webmaster est que nous avons perdu 40 de mes collègues modernes en Afghanistan pour ce? Pour être traité comme la saleté? Maintenant, je l'ai lu sur les médias sociaux, il est appel à une armée islamique en Australie. S'il y a une recette pour une guerre civile en Australie ce qu'il est. Mon attitude est obtenir l'enfer de là, faire ces beaucoup combattre leurs propres guerres. Non seulement nous ne devons pas perdre de plus bons hommes que nous ne avez pas besoin des histoires clairement fabriquées comme celui-ci.
Ce qui est arrivé à Sarkhume? Un nouveau rapport allègue des civils non armés tués par les forces spéciales australiennes
La dernière image Hazratullah a de son père Haji Sardar Khan est vraiment cauchemardesque.
Il est Sardar, sac sur la tête, saigner abondamment d'une blessure par balle à la jambe, être emporté comme un sac sur l'épaule d'un soldat australien.
Quelques minutes plus tôt, le jeune Hazratullah a dit qu'il regardait son entreprise de père non armé en dehors de leur maison simple mudbrick de voir pourquoi les soldats avaient débarqué des hélicoptères dans la plaine de pierre au-dessus de leur village.
Sans avertissement, il a dit, les troupes ont tiré sur son père désarmé, frapper Sardar à la cuisse et le laisser tomber au sol. Là, il était assis saignant mais vivant, parler et lucide.
Ce fut alors que les soldats australiens ont tiré un sac sur la tête de Sardar et un soldat l'a hissé sur le dos et l'emmenèrent à une mosquée voisine, Ledit Hazratullah.
Empêché par les Australiens d'aller à son père, il a entendu le vieil homme crier. Puis il y eut un silence.
“Nous ne sommes pas autorisés à l'intérieur, mais nous avons entendu des cris et des cris pendant une heure, ou 30 minutes,” il a dit.
“Quand ils ont quitté la mosquée, nous sommes à l'intérieur et ils l'avaient martyrisé. Il avait des ecchymoses sur tout son cou. Avant cela, il a été blessé, mais pas de manière critique.”
Sardar n'a pas été le seul villageois de mourir ce jour-là à la mi-Mars 2012, lorsque les Australiens ont organisé un raid pour trouver un artificier présumé des talibans à Sarkhume, une petite communauté agricole dans le sud de l'Afghanistan.
Dans un champ voisin, travailleur de l'usine Mirza Khan a été confronté par des chiens militaires australiens vêtus de harnais spéciaux, les villageois disent.
Comme Mirza a lutté pour repousser l'un des chiens, les Australiens, sans avertissement, tiré une volée de coups de feu dans son corps, selon Hazratullah, qui est maintenant à la fin de son adolescence.
“Il a été martyrisé (tué) sur place ... [les Australiens] ne pas se rapprocher de lui; ils ne lui dire de ne pas toucher les chiens.”
Le raid aurait eu lieu il y a sept ans, mais les résidents encore rappeler clairement la mission, qui a coûté la vie de deux civils et d'autres blessés gauche, comme un exemple de violence inutile.
Après le raid, ils se sont plaints auprès des autorités locales, mais les Australiens ont mené leur propre enquête interne, qui aurait classé les deux hommes morts en tant que combattants. Elle a également le raid était justifié.
toutefois, comme d'autres controversées opérations des forces spéciales australiennes qui ont provoqué ces plaintes en Afghanistan, le rapport et l'étendue de ses enquêtes ont été tenues secrètes.
Maintenant, une enquête menée par l'ABC, en utilisant des rapports de la Commission indépendante des droits humains en Afghanistan (AIHRC), a découvert concernant des allégations relatives à l'opération secrète.
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Une tranche des droits de l'homme afghane rapports fuite, traduit par l'ABC et soutenu par des témoignages en Afghanistan, détail des civils non armés ont été prétend tués par des soldats australiens.
Les rapports soulèvent des questions sur les meurtres, avec le chef de la commission Shaharzad Akbar dire l'ABC que l'AIHRC maintient ses conclusions que tous les morts et les blessés étaient des civils non armés.
Les rapports obtenus par l'ABC ont été compilées par le personnel de l'AIHRC dans la province d'Uruzgan entre 2010 et 2013 et enregistré de nombreux droits de l'homme violations alléguées par toutes les parties, dont certains talibans et soldats australiens.
Les dossiers comprennent des rapports d'enquête, témoignage témoin, photographies, detention records and civilian casualty logs.
“We have reported on any case of civilian casualties that our investigation proved to be true, including the case of Australian forces,” said AIHRC chair Shaharzad Akbar.
“It is then the decision of the court to further investigate and determine if these were war crimes.”
Plus tôt, the ABC revealed how one of the reports had reaffirmed allegations first raised in the public broadcaster’s controversial 2017 Afghan Files reports about another Australian special forces operation that led to civilian killings at Ala Balogh village in Uruzgan.
Among the reports are accounts of the Sarkhume operation directly contradicting the Australian military’s official account of the killings.
‘They have slaughtered people standing’
By tracking down villagers and sources associated with the initial complaint, the ABC has confirmed many of the details reported by the AIHRC.
“We don’t know, by God, why they were killed,” said Abdul Latif — Sardar’s eldest son — when he was interviewed about the case by an Afghan journalist working for the ABC.
“Our civilians were killed; they killed our elders … wherever they have conducted raids, they have slaughtered people standing.”
At the time of the raid, Uruzgan was the operational area for Australia’s Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) — a combined force of about 320 elite soldiers made up of troopers from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and commandos.
Their mission, which often involved working with Afghan internal security forces known as the Wakunish, was dangerous and conflicted; Australians straddled a line between hunting down high-value Taliban targets while trying to ensure Afghans could go about their lives peacefully.
Operations were nerve-wracking affairs — sometimes involving night raids and room-to-room firefights — in the mudbrick qualas where their battle-hardened Taliban targets hid, and innocent men, women and children slept.
‘Boot marks over his heart’
The Sarkhume raid took place in the morning while the villagers were already up and moving about.
According to the AIHRC report into the incident, Sardar had earlier been doing some work repairing a doorway in his home.
He heard the helicopters and had been on his way to see what the Australians were doing but first he took the local shortcut over a broken-down wall to wash some mud from his feet in a drain near his house. It was at this point he was shot.
“Foreigners (Australiens) arrived at this moment and shot him in his thigh. He was wounded,” said the report.
Haji Sardar left behind a wife, three daughters, four sons and five grandchildren, notes the report.
Hazratullah confirmed the AIHRC account. He was there when his father went outside.
He says the only thing in his father’s possession at the time was the old man’s treasured transistor radio that he listened to while working in the fields.
“[The helicopters] landed close to our home. My father and I started moving. I stayed there. I was looking after the goats and sheep, they scattered them,” Hazratullah said.
He told the ABC his father moved to climb the wall into the garden and was shot in the thigh by one of the Australians.
“As soon as they got down (from the helicopter) they started shooting him,” Ledit Hazratullah.
He said the Australians did “not issue any warnings — nothing”.
“My father was walking by himself, but he fell by the tower and he sat there. [The Australians] came and took him to the side of the house … he couldn’t walk on foot. Blood was dripping from his legs. He would get faint, so they placed him on their back and took him inside the mosque.”
The Australians refused to let him or anyone else go to his father, Ledit Hazratullah.
“When he got wounded by the gate they pulled a bag over his head. They wouldn’t let one person know the situation of another,” il a dit.
“They had tough rules. Even if you simply looked they would beat you over the head with a gun. They would start kicking you. No-one could look at each other or talk.”
A shocking sight greeted Hazratullah and the other villagers when they finally got to examine Sardar’s body in the mosque.
“Big fat boot marks were over his heart” when they found the body, Hazratullah said.
“He had bruises on his neck. Il a été martyrisé (morte). Before [he was taken inside the mosque] he was wounded, mais pas de manière critique.”
A short time later in the fields, down in the green zone below Haji Sardar’s home, the second villager was killed, according to the AIHRC file.
Another unarmed man killed, say relatives
The AIHRC report said Mirza Khan, aged about 20, had just left his work at the local flour mill and gone into the fields when he encountered a dog belonging to the soldiers.
The dog was thought to be one of the SASR’s combat assault canines specially trained to apprehend suspected insurgents and warn of enemy positions.
Hazratullah said he saw the attack from a distance. He said the dogs came at Mirza, who tried to keep them away and hit one with “a stone”.
“They [the dogs] tore all his clothes. He was moving away from their dogs — they fired a round of bullets and martyred him.”
Mirza’s corpse had multiple wounds, selon Hazratullah.
“He was covered in blood. A person couldn’t look at him. We didn’t remove his clothes. We buried him in his clothes,” il a dit.
Mirza’s brother, Shaista Khan, did not witness his killing. But when Shaista saw his brother’s body before burial, he recalls Mirza was “shot in his lower abdomen, shot in the leg, from this side, shot in the chest”.
The relatives of the dead men denied any of them had been armed or were behaving aggressively towards the soldiers.
Abdul Latif said his father was not armed and did not even own a weapon.
“[The Australians] might be making a justification for themselves,” said Abdul Latif.
“Haji Sahib and Mirza Khan didn’t have a hand grenade. Haji Sahib didn’t know how to use a hand grenade. He didn’t even have a knife.”
Shaista also denied his brother Mirza posed any threat or carried any weapons.
His brother had gone to tell two friends to come and drink tea with him while the mill was running to grind the wheat, Shaista said.
“He didn’t have anything … [His friends] were at the end of the farm. He told them come and have tea and then he ran back to the mill. The mill was on, flour was processing,” said Shaista.
Shaista said he was told that his brother encountered an Australian dog on his way back to the mill and after confronting the animal aggressively, he was attacked.
“It was a yellow Australian dog. [Mirza] was suffering. He had the dog held by one hand and he was shot and when the Australians came over, they shot him even more and made him not function. He let the dog go free.”
The villagers said others were roughed up during the raid including a shepherd boy who was hit with a knife handle in the neck after he tried to go to his father.
The AIHRC report into the incident said the boy, named Zabihullah, was four years old.
“[The child] was bashed with a knife on his back by foreigners because he was with his father and did not want to separate from him.”
A photograph of a boy with a dressed injury was included in the AIHRC report.
Another alleged victim was a farmer’s son, Mohammad Wali, who was hit and beaten by the Australian soldiers, according to the Sarkhume residents and the AIHRC complaint file for the raid.
The file states “his testicles were squeezed” by the soldiers.
Hazratullah said Wali was deaf and could not understand commands from the soldiers when they detained him.
He was told that Wali was taken to the stable where he was beaten and had his testicles squeezed, Hazratullah told the ABC.
“He passed out a few times and didn’t feel himself. He told them: ‘I have got nothing (no information)’. They would squeeze his balls. He was shaking. He has a psychological problem now.”
The AIHRC file stated that others — all of them innocent villagers — were detained and “hit with gun butts”.
Villagers claim Australians apologised to locals for ‘mistaken’ raid
That afternoon the Australians left without providing any explanation for the raid.
The AIHRC complaint states that the Australians “took 11 personnes” away with them but released them after four days.
After the raid occurred, local authorities and the Australian military were besieged with complaints about the killings and assaults.
The then-commander of SOTG, Lieutenant Colonel Jon “Irish” Hawkins, defended the operation.
Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins, who did not participate in the raid, later described the claims of the Sarkhume locals as “some wild allegations”.
He is the only senior special forces officer to discuss the raid publicly, if only briefly, during an interview for journalist Chris Masters’s book on Australian special forces operations in Afghanistan, No Front Line.
Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins dismissed the allegations as coming from “hard tough, hard farmers who were probably Taliban”.
He acknowledged that he attended a series of meetings with Afghans about the raid and that the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS) had conducted an inquiry into the matter, but said that ADFIS seemed to have little understanding of the “absolute chaos” of combat.
Masters wrote that when the Australians arrived at Sarkhume they saw “an Afghan male … moving evasively, and when challenged he raised a grenade” and was shot and killed.
The book states that another man was observed manoeuvring and carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and was also fired on and fatally wounded.
The meeting with Australians to discuss the raid is remembered by Sarkhume locals who said the only justification given for the operation was a claim that the Taliban was using their district to fire mortars or rifles.
They vigorously denied any such involvement and noted that the Australians were apologetic in the meeting.
Shaista said the Australians admitted they were “mistaken” and had “been misled”.
He said the Australians never told them who had given them the information and nobody ever faced any justice over the killings.
“We told the Australians to hand over that person who passed the reports (implicating the village in Taliban activity),” said Abdul Latif.
Contacted by the ABC on September 18, Lieutenant Colonel Hawkins declined to comment, citing the fact an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by Australian troops was currently being undertaken by the Assistant Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) Justice Paul Brereton.
The ABC understands that the Sarkhume raid is part of the investigation.
Civilians were killed: AIHRC
The inquiry, which has been underway since May 2016, was initiated after rumours of alleged war crimes circulated through the special forces community and were backed up by research into special forces’ operators undertaken by Canberra-based sociologist Dr Samantha Crompvoets.
Dozens of former and serving soldiers have been interviewed as part of the probe and earlier this year Justice Brereton travelled to Afghanistan to conduct further inquiries in Kabul.
The Afghan Files
When the ABC put questions to the Defence Department about the Sarkhume raid — including what evidence had been found confirming the dead men were armed — a spokesman said it was not appropriate for Defence to make any comment in order “to protect the integrity and independence of the IGADF inquiry and the reputations of individuals who might otherwise unfairly affected”.
Further investigations into the Sarkhume case are supported by the AIHRC with the commission’s chair Shaharzad Akbar telling the ABC: “The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission has time and again repeatedly asked for the investigation of civilian casualties by all authorities from all sides.”
She said the AIHRC stood by its report into the Sarkume raid, as she spoke for the first time about the killings.
“Our position remains the same. Civilians were harmed in this. The people who were killed were civilian. The seven people who were injured were civilians,” dit-elle.
Back in Sarkhume, residents said they have had no contact or have received no information relating to any investigations being undertaken in Australia, despite the heavy toll the raid took on their families.
“Even now when there is the noise of the aircraft, our children are crying,” Abdul Latif said.
Among those most affected is Mirza Khan’s mother.
She was home by herself during the raid when a soldier came to tell her to go to her son, said Shaista Khan.
“My mother’s heart became heavy and [she] rushed to that land by the tower where my brother was lying. She prepared the body. There was no-one else.”
La source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-16/afghan-civilians-killed-by-australian-soldiers-claims-report/11598374
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