Australian Soldiers Condemned by Prime Minister for Flying Nazi Flag in Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has condemned a photo showing an Australian army vehicle flying a swastika flag in Afghanistan.

The “completely and utterly unacceptable” incident took place during a mission in 2007, he said.

Mr Turnbull said commanding officers had taken “immediate action” to take down the symbol of Nazism at the time, before disciplining those responsible.

It follows intense recent scrutiny of Australia’s conduct in Afghanistan.

The photo of the 2007 incident caused anger after it was obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Thursday.

“It was wrong – absolutely wrong – and the commanders took action at the time,” Mr Turnbull told reporters.

In a statement, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said it rejected “as abhorrent everything this flag represents”.

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