Este webmaster era um soldado das forças especiais. Há um elemento na nossa sociedade que está sempre tentando desacreditar estes homens por razões desconhecidas. Não há dúvida de que é comunista apoiado ou como você sabe disso, a facção esquerda. Sua sido indo para sempre, durante a guerra do Vietnã os wharfies se recusou a carregar navios de abastecimento, etc.. O pior criminoso era o então primeiro-ministro australiano Gough Whitlam. Seu funeral foi uma espécie de farsa, as pessoas não queriam estar sentado perto de outros e mais estavam felizes que ele estava morto. What galls this webmaster is that we lost 40 of my modern day colleagues in Afghanistan for what? To be treated like dirt? Now I read on Social Media there is calls for an Islamic Army in Australia. If there is a recipe for a civil war in Australia this is it. My attitude is get the hell out of there, make these lot fight their own wars. Not only do we not need to lose any more good men we dont need clearly fabricated stories like this one.
What really happened at Sarkhume? New report alleges unarmed civilians killed by Australian special forces
The last image Hazratullah has of his father Haji Sardar Khan is truly nightmarish.
It is of Sardar, bag over his head, bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to the leg, being carried off like a sack over the shoulder of an Australian soldier.
Minutes earlier, the young Hazratullah said he watched his father venture unarmed outside their simple mudbrick home to see why soldiers had landed helicopters on the stony plain above their village.
Without warning, ele disse, the troops fired on his unarmed father, hitting Sardar in the thigh and dropping him to the ground. There he sat bleeding but alive, talking and lucid.
It was then that the Australian troopers pulled a bag over Sardar’s head and a soldier hoisted him onto his back and carried him away to a nearby mosque, said Hazratullah.
Prevented by the Australians from going to his father, he heard the old man calling out. Then there was silence.
“We were not allowed inside but we heard shouts and cries for an hour, ou 30 minutos,” ele disse.
“When they left the mosque we got inside and they had martyred him. He had bruises all over his neck. Before that he was wounded, but not critically.”
Sardar was not the only villager to die that day in mid-March 2012, when the Australians mounted a raid to find a suspected Taliban bomb maker at Sarkhume, a tiny farming community in southern Afghanistan.
In a nearby field, mill worker Mirza Khan was confronted by Australian military dogs clad in special harnesses, villagers say.
As Mirza struggled to push away one of the dogs, the Australians, without warning, fired a volley of shots into his body, according to Hazratullah, who is now in his late teens.
“He was martyred (assassinado) on the spot … [the Australians] did not get closer to him; they did tell him not to touch the dogs.”
The raid might have occurred seven years ago, but residents still vividly recall the mission, that claimed the lives of two civilians and left others injured, as an example of pointless violence.
After the raid they complained to local authorities but the Australians conducted their own internal investigation, which reportedly classified the two dead men as combatants. It also found the raid was justified.
Contudo, like some other controversial Australian special forces operations that provoked such complaints in Afghanistan, the report and the extent of its inquiries have been kept secret.
Now an investigation by the ABC, using reports from Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), has uncovered concerning allegations regarding the secret operation.
Australian soldiers killed child in dad’s arms, leaked documents allege
A tranche of leaked Afghan human rights reports, translated by the ABC and backed up by witness testimonies in Afghanistan, detail claims unarmed civilians were killed by Australian soldiers.
The reports raise questions about the killings, with the head of the commission Shaharzad Akbar telling the ABC that the AIHRC stands by its findings that all the dead and injured were unarmed civilians.
The reports obtained by the ABC were compiled by the AIHRC’s staff in Uruzgan province between 2010 e 2013 and recorded numerous alleged human rights breaches by all parties, including some Taliban and Australian soldiers.
The files include investigation reports, witness testimony, photographs, 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.”
Earlier, 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 (Os australianos) 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,” said 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, said 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,” ele disse.
“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. He was martyred (morto). Before [he was taken inside the mosque] he was wounded, but not critically.”
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, according to 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,” ele disse.
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
Naquela tarde, os australianos deixaram sem fornecer qualquer explicação para o ataque.
A queixa AIHRC afirma que os australianos “tomou 11 pessoas” acabar com eles, mas os libertou depois de quatro dias.
Após o ataque ocorreu, as autoridades locais e os militares australianos foram sitiados com queixas sobre os assassinatos e agressões.
O então comandante de SOTG, O tenente-coronel Jon “irlandês” Hawkins, defendeu a operação.
O tenente-coronel Hawkins, que não participou no ataque, mais tarde descreveu as reivindicações dos moradores Sarkhume como “algumas alegações selvagens”.
Ele é o único oficial superior das forças especiais para discutir o ataque publicamente, se apenas brevemente, durante uma entrevista para o livro do jornalista Chris Masters em Australian operações de forças especiais no Afeganistão, Sem Front Line.
O tenente-coronel Hawkins rejeitou as alegações como vindo de “duro duro, agricultores rígidos que estavam provavelmente Taliban”.
Ele reconheceu que ele participou de uma série de reuniões com os afegãos sobre o ataque e que o serviço Força de Defesa Australiana Investigative (AdFIT) tinha conduzido um inquérito sobre o assunto, mas disse que ADFIS parecia ter pouca compreensão do “caos absoluto” do combate.
Mestres escreveu que, quando os australianos chegaram ao Sarkhume viram “um homem afegão ... movendo evasivamente, e quando desafiado ele levantou uma granada” e foi baleado e morto.
O livro afirma que outro homem foi observada manobras e carregando um rifle de assalto AK-47 e também foi despedido em e fatalmente ferido.
O encontro com os australianos para discutir o ataque é lembrado por Sarkhume locais que disse que a única justificação dada para a operação era uma reivindicação que o Talibã estava usando seu distrito para disparar morteiros ou rifles.
Eles vigorosamente negado qualquer envolvimento e observou que os australianos foram apologético na reunião.
Shaista disse que os australianos admitiram que estavam “enganado” 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’ operadores assumidos pelo sociólogo baseada em Canberra Dr Samantha Crompvoets.
Dezenas de ex-soldados e servir foram entrevistados como parte da sonda e no início deste ano Justiça Brereton viajou ao Afeganistão para realizar novas investigações em Cabul.
Os arquivos do Afeganistão
Quando o ABC colocar perguntas ao Departamento de Defesa sobre o ataque Sarkhume - incluindo o que evidência tinha sido encontrado confirmando os homens mortos estavam armados - um porta-voz disse que não era apropriado para Defesa para fazer qualquer comentário, a fim “para proteger a integridade ea independência do inquérito IGADF e as reputações de indivíduos que poderiam injustamente afetadas”.
Outras investigações sobre o caso Sarkhume são suportados pelo AIHRC com cadeira da comissão Shaharzad Akbar dizendo a ABC: “A Comissão Afeganistão Independente de Direitos Humanos tem uma e outra vez repetidamente pediu para a investigação de mortes de civis por todas as autoridades de todos os lados.”
Ela disse que a AIHRC ficou ao seu relatório sobre o ataque Sarkume, 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,” ela disse.
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.
Entre os mais afetados é a mãe de Mirza Khan.
Ela estava em casa sozinha durante o ataque quando um soldado veio dizer-lhe para ir para o seu filho, Disse Shaista Khan.
“o coração da minha mãe tornou-se pesado e [ela] apressaram-se a essa terra pela torre onde meu irmão estava deitado. Ela preparou o corpo. Não havia mais ninguém.”
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