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Australian officials can travel to Afghanistan to investigate troops’ war crime

(AUSTRALIA OUT) Afghanistan 2009. Soldiers from the Australian Defence Force and the Afghanistan National Army conduct foot patrols around Base Buman near the Baluchi Valley. They are searching for Taliban insurgents. (Photo by Simon O'Dwyer/The AGE/Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images)

KABUL: The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has invited Australian officials to travel to Afghanistan and investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Australian troops. Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid in an interview with SBS News said that the IEA will ensure safe passage for officials to speak with the alleged victims. “All the killings will be investigated and what they consider a crime. After the agreement and our departments get involved, we will 100 percent confidently arrange security. There is no issue there,” Mujahid said. IEA has been following the fallout from the defamation case brought by former Australian soldier Ben Roberts-Smith against three newspapers – the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times. The federal court ruled in favor of the newspapers and said their stories that the soldier murdered unarmed Afghan civilians were true. “After we agree and our gov ernment departments are aware of it, we will facilitate the team of investigations,” Mujahid added. Mujahid said IEA officials have been following the case. “We have observed the case. But the perception in Afghanistan is a symbolic act. Because Australian forces were here for 20 years to support the American war that killed and tortured many more people,” Mujahid said The Office of the Special Investigator (OSI) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are investigating roughly 40 war crimes allegedly committed by Australian forces. Chris Moraitis, the director-general of the agency, said in February that investigators had not interviewed witnesses inside Afghanistan due to a lack of access. Mokhtar Saif

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.