Australian Special Forces Executed Afghan Prisoner Because He Could Not Fit on a Plane

So bloodthirsty they shocked even the Americans

TV and movies present an image of U.S. special forces of all varieties as being the most aggressive in the world and not particularly concerned about legalities, Geneva Conventions etc. This is an article of faith among left-wingers worldwide and the so-called right-thinking intelligence in the West. You are portrayed as not very bright homicidal knuckle draggers, compared to say, the magnificent Australian Special forces – surgical foreign policy tools, etc., etc. Well, I now wish to apologise for entertaining such thoughts.

There is an ongoing Australian Army investigation into what are, I believe, potentially Calley grade war crimes by Australian special forces over a long period in the middle east. Crimes that are not justified by the pressures of combat, etc.

The latest allegation, from a U. S. marine aircrew, is that an Australian special forces unit holding several captured Afghans, when told that their U.S extraction helicopter was overloaded by one man, responded by shooting and killing one of their prisoners to lighten the load.

A United States Marine Corps (USMC) helicopter crew chief says Australian special forces shot and killed a bound Afghan prisoner after being told he would not fit on the US aircraft coming to pick them up.

Josh* flew 159 combat missions for the USMC’s Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469).

He has allowed the ABC to publish pictures of him but has asked that we don’t use his real name because he fears retribution.

He has told ABC Investigations he was a door gunner providing aerial covering fire for the Australian soldiers of the 2nd Commando Regiment during a night raid in mid-2012.

The operation took place north of the HMLA-469 base at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.

It was part of a wider joint Australian special forces-US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) campaign targeting illicit drug operations that were financing the Taliban insurgency.

“We had done the drug raid, the Aussies actually did a pretty impressive job, wrangling all the prisoners up,” Josh said.

“We just watched them tackle and hogtie these guys and we knew their hands were tied behind their backs.”

He says the commandos then called up the US aircraft to pick them and about seven prisoners up.

He says the Americans only had room on the aircraft for six.

“And the pilot said, ‘That’s too many people, we can’t carry that many passengers.’ And you just heard this silence and then we heard a pop. And then they said, ‘OK, we have six prisoners’.

“So it was pretty apparent to everybody involved in that mission that they had just killed a prisoner that we had just watched them catch and hogtie,” he said.

Josh says neither he nor any of his crew spoke about what had just happened.

“We were all being recorded on our comms,” he said.

“All of us were pretty aware of what we just witnessed, and kind of didn’t want to be involved in whatever came next.”

Josh says he later discussed the incident with his crewmates after returning to Camp Bastion.

“This was the first time we saw something we couldn’t morally justify, because we knew somebody was already cuffed up, ready to go, taken prisoner and we just witnessed them kill a prisoner,” he said.

“This isn’t like a heat of the moment call where you’re trying to make a decision. It was a very deliberate decision to break the rules of war.

“I think that was the first thing that happened that didn’t quite sit right with us, where we were like, ‘OK, there’s no excuse, there’s no ambiguity, there’s no going around this one’.

‘Lots of fire and bodies were often left in their wake’

ABC Investigations understands that — as part of its inquiry into alleged special forces war crimes in Afghanistan — the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) is investigating the killing of at least one prisoner by Australian commandos.

It is unclear if this alleged killing is one of those being investigated.

When contacted for a response to this story, an Australian Defence Force spokesperson said: “It is not appropriate for Defence to comment on matters that may or may not be the subject of the Afghanistan Inquiry.”

Josh says he did between one and two dozen drug missions with the Australians from 2nd Commando in 2012, mainly providing aerial cover fire and sometimes dropping sniper teams on overwatch positions.

“A lot of us wanted to work with the Australians because we were all like — I don’t know if bloodthirsty is the right term — but we wanted action. They wanted to shoot. And when you worked with the Aussies you get involved pretty often,” he said. “Lots of breaching of walls with explosives and lots of fires and bodies were often left in their wake.”

He says on a mission early in his 2012 deployment, one of his USMC comrades was shocked by what he witnessed the commandos do on a joint drug operation.

“They go down for a landing. As soon as the Aussies exit, there was somebody just sitting on a wall watching them land. They got off and popped the guy a few times in the chest.”

Josh says his fellow marine later confronted the commandos about the killing.

“My buddy came and asked, ‘Hey, what happened to that guy?’ And he said, ‘Oh, he’s dead mate.’ And he’s like, ‘Why? He wasn’t even armed. What happened there?’ He said, ‘Oh, he was armed when we got through with him.'”

‘We’re not going to work with those f***ing guys’

A member of 2nd Commando’s Oscar platoon who served on that deployment has confirmed that the Americans were unhappy with the conduct of some of his comrades.

“Our platoon commander pulled our platoon together and said that the [DEA] has said in no uncertain terms that they won’t operate with [2nd Commando] November platoon any more due to their behaviour in the field,” he said.

Another commando from Oscar platoon who was on that deployment confirmed to ABC Investigations that November platoon had a bad reputation among the Americans.

“I remember talking to [DEA agent] afterwards, and he said, ‘We’re not going out with those f***ing guys ever again’. Every DEA team that went through there loved working with us and had no problem, but November platoon was the first platoon that the DEA said they wouldn’t work with,” the former commando said. “Something obviously went down.”

Former USMC helicopter crew chief Josh says he flew dozens of missions with other special forces, including USMC special operations and the British SAS.

“The [British] SAS always had an incredible restraint, at least in the times when me and my friends worked with them. Sometimes a frustrating amount,” he said.

“Everybody else would step on the lines, but the Aussies would just see the line and just hop right over it.”

US Marine Josh from the story
US Marine Josh from the story

I have no reason to doubt this story, as it is just one of an ongoing stream that is non-political. If what is portrayed is found to be true then I would like to see these units disestablished and rebuilt from the ground up because they in no way represent Australian ethos. Killing combatants is one thing. Killing prisoners and civilians is another. I apologise to American special forces for thinking that the Australian S.A.S was on some kind of superior pedestal. Yes, I have worn the uniform. I’m not some milquetoast. The honour of the Australian defence forces, or what passes for it these days, demands a thorough investigation and the punishment of those involved. I’m ashamed, and so is every service person, if these stories are found to be true.

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