Top recommendations from Afghan war report

The Afghan war crimes report has recommended 19 people be referred to the AFP for investigation.
The Afghan war crimes report has recommended 19 people be referred to the AFP for investigation.



* Twenty-three incidents involving 19 people be referred to the Australian Federal Police for criminal investigation


* There was credible information soldiers procured and used small arms ammunition and grenades, which were not formally authorised by chain of command or didn't have technical approval for use

* All relevant policies should be reviewed to ensure new weapons and ammunition can't be used operationally prior to receiving chain of command and technical approval

* Training reviewed to ensure the law of armed conflict is sufficiently focused on


* It's likely dogs were used to inflict injuries on Afghan nationals, but no specific incidents were identified

* A clear doctrine be promoted on the permissible use of military working dogs, particularly in regards to their use in tactical questioning


* A 2010 and multiple 2012 incidents be referred to the inspector-general for further assessment

* A special office be set up to continue work on unfinished business in the report

* The 'Afghanistan Inquiry Legacy Cell' would have access to the inquiry's evidence and processes


* Australia should retain operational command over its deployed forces rather than assigning it to other entities

* Special forces should not be treated as the default 'force of first choice' for deployment, except for irregular and unconventional operations

* Professional review of appropriate time between operational deployments be undertaken

* Every member of the Special Operations Command be educated on causes of war crimes

* Selection and training should include practical ethical decision-making scenarios

* It should be clearly promoted that the need for secrecy on operational matters does not extend to criminal conduct, with an obligation to notify and report it


* There should be access to an alternative reporting line separate from chain of command, to report or discuss concerns about suspected unlawful behaviour

* Special forces should have to wear and use helmet or body cameras


* Revoke the award of meritorious unit citation to the Special Operations Training Group taskforce 66

* Review awards of those in command positions at troop, squadron and task group level during the relevant rotations

* Review awards of those in command positions in the SAS during 2008 to 2012

(Source: Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report)

Australian Associated Press