Former security head probes special forces

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Former security boss David Irvine is conducting an independent assessment of reforms made in Australia’s special forces, according to media reports.

The former ASIO head has been commissioned by the army for the review, following a range of cultural and governance reforms in the special forces since 2015, a defence department statement published by Fairfax Media and the ABC says.

News of the assessment comes amid allegations some special forces soldiers may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, raised in a confidential defence inquiry report obtained by Fairfax Media.

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