Australian journalist Mark Willacy talks to Scott about his investigations into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces units in Afghanistan. Willacy has worked closely with former SAS operative Braden Chapman, the leading figure in blowing the whistle on what has become a spate of such allegations. The incidents include the killing of unarmed, compliant civilians and the fabrication of evidence to cover up wrongdoing. There is currently an investigation underway in Australia into these misdeeds, but Willacy reminds us how much is at stake with the image of the Australian military, and is unsure whether anyone will be brought to justice in the end. He continues to work hard to make sure those at fault are ultimately held accountable.
Discussed on the show:
- “The same AK-47 was photographed on two dead Afghan civilians killed by Australian soldiers” (ABC News)
- “Former Australian SAS soldier Braden Chapman speaks out about unlawful killings and war crimes in Afghanistan” (ABC News)
- “5/22/20 Braden Chapman on Australian Special Forces War Crimes in Afghanistan” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “Video shows Australian SAS soldier shooting and killing unarmed man at close range in Afghanistan” (ABC News)
Mark Willacy is a reporter for ABC Australia. He’s twice been named Queensland Journalist of the Year and is a five-time winner of Australia’s premier journalism prize, the Walkley Award. Follow Mark on Twitter at @MarkWillacy.
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