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The uniquely Australian violence of the Brereton war crimes report

Australia represents itself as the innocent abroad. But is that just to shield us from the fact that we may be worse than most, as our overseas wars tend to be a projection of unfinished violence at home?

Defence chief General Angus Campbell (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Horrific findings in war crimes report

Good morning, early birds. Report into Australian war crimes in Afghanistan found “credible information to substantiate 23 incidents of alleged unlawful killing of 39 people by 25 Australian Special Forces personnel", and has prompted a number of major responses. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr (Image: AAP/Rohan Thomson)

Can the top brass reform the very culture it supposedly controls already?

The defence bosses responsible for implementing any inquiry recommendations were all trained through the SAS themselves.

Henry "Breaker" Morant (Image: AAP/Australian War Memorial)

Military wrongdoing is nothing new. The question is, will the coming storm wash anything away?

The coming report into war crimes in Afghanistan won't be the first time the Australian Defence Force has been accused of wrongdoing.

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Afghanistan: Australia’s longest war has lost so much and achieved so little

In a campaign that's cost Australia close to $10b, we've lost 41 lives and gained allegations of unlawful killings and war crimes.

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Without genuine war crime investigations, Australians could end up in The Hague

Australia needs a full investigation and prosecution into war crimes in Afghanistan, otherwise the case could go all the way to The Hague.

Proposed Afghanistan ceasefire is a further sign of Kabul’s weakness

There's no end in sight for the War in Afghanistan, though a proposed ceasefire suggests that cracks in the government are continuing to deepen.

An Australian soldier begs to be punished for a crime we forced him to commit

Returned Sergeant Kevin Frost cannot deal with the pain and guilt of what happened in Afghanistan any longer. It's a pain foreign correspondent John Martinkus knows well.

He saved my life in Afghanistan. So why did Australia want to send him to Nauru?

Many people in Afghanistan risked their lives and their families to help foreign journalists. But foreign correspondent John Martinkus says after the West has no need for such people anymore, we often leave them to be killed.

The grim, deadly reminders that the war in Afghanistan has failed

Since Australian troops left, Afghanistan has become even more dangerous, writes former foreign correspondent John Martinkus.

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