A huge war-crimes scandal is rocking the Australian Special Operations community.

According to reports, Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and 2nd Commando Regiment operators are under scrutiny for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan that took place between June and November 2012.

More than a dozen active and former operators, to include high ranking officers, have come out testifying that at least four Afghan detainees were executed by Australians warfighters. It is important to highlight, however, that it was the operators themselves who came forward with the illegal conduct.

Not even war heroes have escaped scrutiny. Former SASR operator Ben Roberts-Smith, VC, who is the Regiment’s highest decorated warrior. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating him for allegedly brutalizing two Afghan males that had been apprehended during a search operation on September 12, 2012.