The Defence Force has begun the disciplinary process of SAS members, with 13 individuals issued termination notices.
It follows a lengthy investigation by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, who looked into 57 allegations of wrongdoing by Australian Special Forces between 2006 and 2013, but almost all of the incidents uncovered occurred between 2009 and 2013.
The report revealed there was “credible information” to substantiate 23 incidents of unlawful killing of 39 people by 25 current or former ADF personnel, predominantly from the Special Air Service Regiment.
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Most of those were Afghan prisoners, farmers and other civilians who did not pose an immediate threat.
Around 26,000 Australians served as part of Operation Slipper, which was Australia’s longest operation.