A group of Australian soldiers unleashed outrage after a video surfaced of troops hoisting a Nazi flag while on duty in Afghanistan.
Although the incident apparently took place in 2007, the images only came to public attention after the national ABC station published them this week.
The defense officers have confirmed the accuracy of the photos and, together with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, condemned the actions of the soldiers.
"The flag was briefly lifted over an Australian army vehicle in Afghanistan in 2007." The Vice-Chief of Defense, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, said, claiming that the article was "destroyed" after a senior officer noticed it. "The commander took immediate action to bring down the offensive flag."
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Griggs did not identify the soldiers responsible for flying the swastika but insisted that all the personnel involved "was warned immediately and subsequently received additional advice. "
A defense official who spoke with ABC on condition of anonymity said the incident was the result of a "twisted joke", "More like an attempt to express genuine Nazi sympathies."
"The flag was obviously eliminated and the personnel involved He was disciplined, "Prime Minister Turnbull told reporters in the state of Tasmania, but he did not specify how the soldiers were punished, Reuters reported. "It was absolutely wrong and his commanders took action at that time," he added.
The report is the latest in a series of recent scandals involving Australian forces. Recently, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper cited witnesses who accused the Australian armed forces of mistreating and executing prisoners in 2009 and 2012.
Last year, ABC reported on alleged misconduct in the deployment in Afghanistan , describing the shooting of a child and the subsequent cover-up of his death.
Australia has been a strong military ally of the USA. UU., But the actions of the Australian forces between 2005 and 2016 are being investigated by the defense authorities.