A British soldier has been accused of lying to an Australian soldier about his country’s war crimes in Afghanistan, which he has not been accused for.
In a series of tweets, David Denniston, who served in Afghanistan as a corporal in 2006, wrote: “I served a country for 2 years, but they are mine and they are not my country.
I have to be a real patriot and not an idiot to believe they’re not mine.”
Mr Dennickson was sent to Afghanistan as part of a unit of soldiers tasked with destroying mines and explosives in Afghanistan.
He also wrote: “@AnzacDay2017, I’m sorry to hear you’ve lost your home in the war in Afghanistan.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
The Australian government confirmed that it has received Mr Dennison’s tweets, and is investigating the matter.
“Australia’s Prime Minister has asked for our assistance in the investigation of Mr Denny’s tweet,” the Australian Embassy in London said in a statement.
“We have taken action to address the situation, including issuing a statement clarifying the facts.”
At this stage we have not received any formal complaint.
“It added: “Our investigation is ongoing and we will continue to provide support to the investigation as appropriate.
“In a statement, Mr Dennett said he had sent a tweet to the Australian ambassador on Wednesday night, and had been told that he was being investigated.”
I didn’t know what it was until I read it, but I am so glad that I did, and I’m thankful for that,” he said.”
The Australian Government has contacted me, and as soon as I read what I had to say, I was so relieved and happy to hear that it was not a personal attack on my family.
“The Ministry of Defence did not say how many soldiers have served in the Australian Defence Force.