Australian soldier faraway from secretive anti-terror program over sexual harassment allegations

An Australian particular forces soldier has been faraway from a secretive multinational operation monitoring overseas jihadists after a number of allegations of sexual harassment from different members in this system. 

Australia is considered one of about 25 nations concerned in Operation Gallant Phoenix (OGP), a Jordan-based intelligence cell of about 250 personnel monitoring overseas Islamic State (IS) fighters throughout Iraq and Syria. 

It’s believed a number of Australians combating with IS, together with notorious terrorists Mohamed Elomar and Khaled Sharrouf, have been tracked by OGP and later killed in air strikes.

The categorized US-led operation additionally collects information captured in particular forces raids, which it shares with legislation enforcement companies in Europe and Asia in an effort to thwart attainable IS assaults.

A supply has informed ABC Investigations a senior particular forces operator was despatched house from OGP final yr after members of different nations concerned in this system accused him of a number of incidents of sexual harassment.

Sources say in a single alleged incident, which they declare was captured on CCTV, he “shoved” a cell phone up one other member’s skirt. 

Khaled Sharrouf (left) and Mohamed Elomar (proper) have been tracked by Operation Gallant Phoenix earlier than being killed in air strikes in Mosul.(Equipped)

One supply says some OGP members are actually reluctant to work with the Australian contingent of the multinational program.

An Australian Defence Pressure (ADF) spokesperson confirmed “a member deployed to the Center East Area was returned from operations following allegations of misconduct”.

ABC Investigations understands Defence remains to be investigating the allegations and different alleged misconduct dedicated by Australian troopers.