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Australian Special Forces Killed 39 Afghan Civilians Unlawfully, Inquiry Finds


SYDNEY—The practice was known as “blooding:” a shoot-to-kill order designed to battle harden new troops.

Patrol commanders of Australia’s elite forces in Afghanistan would order junior soldiers to shoot a prisoner so they could achieve a first kill. Pistols, grenades and hand-held radios would be left with victims to make it look like they had been armed. A cover story would be created and code of silence reinforced.


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