Australian special units have been drinking beer from the prosthetic bone of a deceased Taliban fighter, reports Guardian Australia. The newspaper has a picture showing how one of the military puts the lower leg at his mouth.
In another photo, two commands pose with the leg. It was set at the bar The Fat Ladys Arms at the base of Australian troops in Tarin Kowt, the capital of Uruzgan Province, in 2009.
The leg would have belonged to a suspected Taliban fighter who had been killed in 2009 and taken from the battlefield to the bar. It is forbidden to bring and keep belongings.
A former military officer tells Guardian Australia that commanders occasionally visited the bar and saw the leg, and possibly drank from it.
Error of the army command
Last month it was announced that Australian Army Special Units killed 39 civilians and prisoners during their mission in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013. There was a “poisonous, hate culture”, said defense chief Angus Campbell at the press conference on the report.
“ The consequences were fatal for trust, cohesion and the mission. It is an error on the part of the army that did not intervene.”