Australian soldiers in Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province in February 2007
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Government confirms authenticity of photo showing Third Reich flag over army jeep
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 10:53am
Defence officials in Australia have condemned a leaked photo of an army vehicle flying a Nazi flag.
The image, taken in Afghanistan in 2007, shows an Australian Army jeep flying a large red and white banner with a black swastika at its centre, a flag synonymous with the Third Reich and Nazi atrocities.
A leaked photo shows an Australian Army vehicle flying the Nazi swastika flag while on operation in Afghanistan in 2007. https://t.co/6svB7VFcmn pic.twitter.com/7Stvp5WpV5
— Jennine Khalik (@jennineak) June 14, 2018
The Australian broadcaster ABC published the previously-unseen photo today, alongside expert analysis asserting that it had not been digitally altered.
The Australian defence ministry confirmed the authenticity of the photo, which has been met with outrage in the country and beyond.
“The flag was briefly raised above an Australian Army vehicle in Afghanistan in 2007,” a spokesperson said, adding that the commanding officer on the scene “took immediate action to have the offensive flag taken down”.
“The personnel involved were immediately cautioned at the time and subsequently received further counselling.
“Additionally, steps were taken to reinforce education and training for all personnel who witnessed the flag.”
In a statement, defence minister Marise Payne said the actions of the soldiers involved were “completely at odds with the values of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the tens of thousands of ADF personnel who have served with distinction in Afghanistan”.
A source familiar with the incident told the ABC it had been intended as a “twisted joke” rather than a show of support for …read more
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