Can only hope there is a similar positive outcome for the Commandos presently facing murder charges
, considering the circumstances - being fired upon by an insurgent who was taking cover in a house where there were women & children, but of course the diggers could not have known that at the time when they returned fire.
I read that the only reason the ADF was charging them was because if they didn't, the International Criminal Court would have done so under its war crimes section, so the ADF taking it on it was considered a placatory option, internationally. (The US 'unsigned' this treaty and so does not come under the jurisdiction of the ICC).
Hard enough trying to do a very difficult job without having this possibility hanging over your head, I would have thought...
Australian soldiers cleared over Afghan shooting
Updated 40 minutes ago
Australian soldiers who shot dead an armed Afghan man, who locals said was not an insurgent, have been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Defence Force investigation.
Defence said an internal review found the soldiers had adhered to the rules of engagement during the August 23 reconnaissance mission when the incident occurred.
Soldiers from the Special Operations Task Group were approached by a man carrying a machine gun in the Baluchi Valley at night.
"The man was within 30 metres of the patrol when he was challenged to stop in the local Pashtu language," Defence said in a statement.
"The man initially stopped in response to being challenged but then proceeded to take a further step forward.
"He again took a further step forward but then raised his weapon at the members of the patrol. He was shot and killed."
Defence said the next day a meeting was called after information was received that the man was not an insurgent but the son of a local elder.
"Condolences were passed to the elder and these were accepted."
The investigation found the soldiers responded lawfully to the situation they were confronted with and their actions were in line with their rules of engagement and a legitimate act of self defence.
A review is also underway into another incident in the Baluchi Valley in which Afghans claim a local man was killed by small arms fire between soldiers and insurgents earlier this month.
Australian soldiers cleared over Afghan shooting - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)