Angus Campbell responds to criticism of the findings relating to the responsibility of senior officers in the Brereton report

The Australian defence force chief, General Angus Campbell, says he accepts officers and more senior commanders bear some of the responsibility for the handling of alleged war crimes against special forces in Afghanistan.

Former and serving special forces soldiers have told Guardian Australia they are frustrated at the failure of the landmark Brereton report to sanction commanders at the highest level, while the International Committee of the Red Cross described the alleged war crimes as “deeply troubling and disturbing”.

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