Heat over RAAF strike

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

HU­MAN rights groups have ac­cused the De­fence Depart­ment of us­ing the cover of the AFL Grand Fi­nal to bury an an­nounce­ment an Aus­tralian Su­per Hor­net was re­spon­si­ble for an air strike in Iraq which may have killed a child.

Chief of Joint Op­er­a­tions David John­ston has con­firmed Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in that civil­ian ca­su­alty on June 7 as well as a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent on March 30, both in west Mo­sul.

Hu­man Rights Watch Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Elaine Pear­son said the tim­ing of the an­nounce­ment was “du­bi­ous”.

“We urge the Aus­tralian De­fence Force to make pub­lic the de­tailed find­ings of its in­ves­ti­ga­tions into th­ese strikes,” she said.

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