Statement – Four Corners report

Defence is aware of the serious and disturbing story regarding the conduct of Australian Special Operations personnel in Afghanistan aired on the ABC’s Four Corners, 16 March 2020.

The Australian Army soldier referred to as ‘Soldier C’ in the Four Corners program has today been identified and suspended from duty.

The Australian Defence Force conducts its operations under strict rules of engagement and promotes a culture of ethical and lawful behaviour. These rules and cultural norms are enforced according Defence’s obligations under Australian and international law.

The welfare of ADF members is always a priority, including for suspended soldiers and their families.

All Defence personnel who may be impacted by the IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry are able to access a range of welfare support services on the Defence website.

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