The special forces raid in which two Afghan men were killed - allegedly shot in the head - will be the subject of a Defence inquiry amid allegations of improper behaviour by Australian soldiers or their Afghan partners.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith told ABC television today that the acting Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, had decided to launch an Inquiry Officer's Report into the raid by Australian Special Air Service troopers and members of the Afghan National Security Forces.
Mr Smith said the report, which comes after a ''quick assessment'' inquiry into the incident on Friday, August 31, would be to ''make sure that we have a clear understanding of all the facts''.
Mr Smith's comments come on the day Fairfax revealed that angry villagers have accused the soldiers involved of shooting the two local men in the head, ripping the hair out of a woman's head and stealing thousands of dollars of a bridal dowry.
Mr Smith stated that it was his advice that no Australian personnel had done anything wrong during the raid and that the two men were killed in accordance with internal guidelines.
That leaves open the possibility that Afghan personnel involved in the raid may have behaved improperly.
''The Australian Defence Force and its personnel have a very highly regarded reputation in the way in which they deal with these matters ... taking very great care to avoid involving civilians in warlike operations,'' he said.
''Whenever allegations are made, they are investigated.''
Mr Smith said he would not address all of the allegations levelled by the villagers, but did say: ''The advice I have is that, for example, no Australian defence personnel entered a mosque, that no military dogs were involved in the operation concerned.''
These are both answers Defence and Mr Smith's office refused to provide to the The Age/Herald over the past week.