Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Australians reacted with shock and distress on Friday, a day after the release of a report alleging Australian special forces killed 39 unarmed civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan. The report has been described by national leaders as one of the darkest military chapters for Australia, just one week after the country's Remembrance day for fallen soldiers. Military personnel spoke against the report, saying they felt vindicated by the inquiry. Linda Reynolds is Australia's defense minister and a former army officer. I got the report two weeks ago and it made me physically ill, and it certainly does not represent the service off the majority of men and women who haven't again continue to serve our nation with such great distinction. The report found evidence of blooding on alleged practice where senior commanders would coerce junior soldiers to kill defenseless captives in Afghanistan to achieve their first kill. The inquiry, which was conducted over four years, examined more than 20,000 documents, 25,000 images and interviewed 423 witnesses under oath. Some officials walked a delicate line of condemning the severity of the report's findings while expressing solidarity with the country's armed forces. Josh Fredinburg, is Australia's treasurer. These allegations should not overshadow the remarkable work by men and women in the Australian Defense Force, the report recommended, referring 19 current and former soldiers to a soon to be appointed special investigator for potential prosecution. Reynolds has said that Canberra has been advised that if local prosecutions went ahead, it would negate charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.