February 9th – The Australian Ministry of Defense released an investigation report on the Australian Forces in Afghanistan in November 2020, confirming that Australian soldiers did “illegally kill” prisoners of war and civilians.
In response, Danish Special Forces Major General Peter Boyson said in an interview with Danish Radio on the 8th that Australian atrocities may have a bad impact on international cooperation, and that cooperation with the Australian army will be re-examined and the joint military exercise plan for 2021 will be re-established.
According to a report by the Russian satellite news agency on the 9th, the Danish army and Australian army have maintained military cooperation due to the similar terrain and climate of Australia to Afghanistan, suitable for training soldiers to fight in the desert, and the overlap of military equipment and training programs.
At present. The Danish military is investigating whether Danish forces are jointly carrying out tasks with the Australian army in Afghanistan during the atrocities committed by the Australian army.
It is understood that the area where the Australian army is operating in Afghanistan is adjacent to the Danish mission area.
Boyson said that when reading the above report, it was necessary to re-examine the cooperation with the Australian army, and said that no evidence had happened to the Danish army at present.
Currently, 25 retired and active Australian soldiers are under police investigation, suspected of participating in at least 39 murders.
The killing of prisoners of war and innocent civilians by the Australian army lasted for many years until the withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2016.
If they are prosecuted for war crimes, they will face long-term imprisonment.