The Australian army moved to discharge 13 soldiers in connection with a recent report that alleged that a number of Afghani civilians and prisoners were unlawfully killed.
The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report is commonly known as the Brereton Report.
It is a report into war crimes committed by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) during the War in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.
The investigation was led by Paul Brereton, who is both a New South Wales Supreme Court judge and a major general in the army reserve.
The final report was delivered on 6 November 2020. The redacted version was released publicly on 19 November 2020.
The report found evidence of 39 murders of civilians and prisoners by (or at the instruction of) members of the Australian special forces, which were subsequently covered up by ADF personnel.
The report stated 25 ADF personnel were involved in the killings, including those who were “accessories” to the incident.
The unlawful killings discussed by the report began in 2009, with most occurring in 2012 and 2013.