Witness agrees with Ben Roberts-Smith that no fighting-aged men were inside tunnel, court hears

The soldier who discovered the infamous tunnel in Whiskey 108 says there were no fighting-aged males hiding inside, backing Ben Roberts-Smith’s version of events of a fiercely contested mission in Afghanistan, the federal court has heard. Roberts-Smith’s fourth soldier witness,… Read More »Witness agrees with Ben Roberts-Smith that no fighting-aged men were inside tunnel, court hears

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: witness tells court he liked Instagram post calling dead Afghan a ‘terrorist paedo’

A soldier witness called by Ben Roberts-Smith in his defamation trial has told the federal court he liked social media posts that called an Afghan civilian allegedly murdered by Australian soldiers a “terrorist paedo”, and lawyers involved in the case… Read More »Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: witness tells court he liked Instagram post calling dead Afghan a ‘terrorist paedo’

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: former patrol commander denies ordering execution of elderly prisoner

Ben Roberts-Smith’s former patrol commander has denied in court accusations he ordered the execution of an elderly Afghan prisoner discovered hiding in a tunnel – in an alleged “blooding” of a junior soldier. The retired soldier, anonymised before the court… Read More »Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: former patrol commander denies ordering execution of elderly prisoner

Former SAS soldier warned Ben Roberts-Smith inquiry into alleged war crimes would be a ‘witch-hunt’, court hears

A former SAS soldier told Ben Roberts-Smith to prepare for an Australian military inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan as it was a witch-hunt, he told a court. The war veteran’s former patrol commander, codenamed Person Five, returned to… Read More »Former SAS soldier warned Ben Roberts-Smith inquiry into alleged war crimes would be a ‘witch-hunt’, court hears

Labor to rethink Coalition’s ‘bewildering’ decision to scrap armed drones if it wins election

Labor will consider reinstating a $1.3bn program for Australia to acquire armed drones if it wins the election, vowing to review the Coalition’s “bewildering” decision to scrap it “as a matter of urgency”. The shadow defence minister, Brendan O’Connor, said… Read More »Labor to rethink Coalition’s ‘bewildering’ decision to scrap armed drones if it wins election