BREAKING NEWS: International Criminal Court orders Afghanistan probe: Prosecutor alleges war crimes by the US military, the CIA, the Taliban and Afghan Forces

Monday, November 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

Top prosecutor to The Hague demands investigation into US armed forces, CIA, Taliban and Afghan security forces over Afghanistan war
US personnel stand accused of ‘torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, rape and sexual violence’ against conflict detainees
Taliban is accused of campaign of intimidation, targeting killings and abductions
Afhgan forces allegedly tortured, sexually abused and mistreated detainees

20 November 2017

The International Criminal Court has been asked to investigate the US military and CIA for alleged war crimes during the war in Afghanistan.

The court’s top prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Monday requested permission from judges to probe allegations of crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan and at secret detention facilities around the world between 2003 and 2004.

Ms Bensouda also requested permission to investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed by the Taliban and their affiliated Haqqani Network, and alleged war crimes by the Afghan National Security Forces.

In her request, Ms Bensouda singled out the Afghan National Directorate for Security and the Afghan National Police for particular scrutiny.

A statement which appeared on the ICC website said: ‘The situation in Afghanistan has been under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor since 2006.

‘After a comprehensive and careful scrutiny of the information available, the Prosecutor has determined that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation.’

If Ms Bensouda is granted permission to launch a full investigation, she will be granted powers to issue court summons and arrest warrants against those involved.

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