Nazi swastika flag flown on Australian Defence vehicle in Afghanistan condemned

The photo shows the large swastika emblem on an Australian military vehicle on operation in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the incident, saying it was completely and utterly unacceptable.

A Defence spokesman said the ADF rejected the flag and everything it represented as abhorrent and immediate action was taken to have it taken down.

The photo was taken in August 2007 and was shared with the ABC.

Their investigation revealed two separate Defence sources who identified a particular soldier as the person who took the flag to Afghanistan.

But the sources claimed the incident, which involved the flag being up for quite some time, was a “twisted joke” rather than genuine Neo-Nazism.

“It was absolutely wrong and their commanders took action at the time,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Hobart on Thursday.

The personnel involved were immediately cautioned at the time and received further counselling.

It comes as Australia’s special forces in Afghanistan come under unprecedented scrutiny.

Shocking allegations about the conduct of some Australian special forces troops in Afghanistan were revealed in an explosive new report earlier this month.

According to a confidential defence inquiry, Australian soldiers used “unsanctioned and illegal application of violence on operations” extending to a “disregard for human life and dignity”.

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