Controversy over ADF commando role in children's deaths

THE former director of military prosecutions says she charged two Australian commandos after the deaths of five Afghan children because the soldiers threw grenades into a room knowing the victims were inside - a claim soldiers strongly deny.

The allegations revealed in a newly released government document reignite questions about the deaths of the children and man in a February 2009 raid by Australian forces that went horribly wrong in Oruzgan province.

Two Reserve commandos - a sergeant and a lance corporal - were charged with manslaughter over the raid by the former director of military prosecutions, Brigadier Lyn McDade.

The charging of the men sent shockwaves through the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Subsequently, the charges were dismissed prior to a court martial, but the case remains one of the most controversial chapters in Australian military history.

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