Heat over RAAF strike
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.