Taliban term Australian war crimes allegations ‘indelible’


KABUL: The Taliban have spoken out about a recent report which incriminated Australian soldiers for war atrocities in Afghanistan, condemning them as ‘indelible crimes’.

The Australian troops have allegedly killed 39 Afghan civilians during operations as part of coalition forces during the years from 2005 until 2016.

In a statement, the group on Saturday said the crimes perpetrated by the Australian troops were only the tip of the iceberg of the much greater ‘indelible criminal activity’ committed by US and NATO forces over the past two decades.  

“All understand well that the western invasion of Afghanistan was the most unlawful, lopsided, and brutal of this epoch. Tens of world countries coalesced in the invasion to kill, detain, and ultimately suppress our people,” the statement claimed.

“The media adopted silence and also muffled the voices of people when extrajudicial murder along with torture and humiliation of prisoners was rife.”

The insurgent group said this humanitarian issue shouldn’t be disregarded.

This comes as a recent report revealed that the Australian troops in Afghanistan have illegally killed 39 civilians between the years 2005 and 2016.

The senior commandos of the Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan had reportedly forced junior soldiers to kill defenseless captives to “blood” them for combat.

The Taliban are taking a stance against foreign war crimes while ironically the group itself is held accountable for numerous such acts of humanitarian violations against Afghans.