The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for a formal investigation into the war crimes in Afghanistan following the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
“Following a meticulous preliminary examination of the situation, I have come to the conclusion that all legal criteria required to commence an investigation have been met”, said Fatou Bensouda in a statement on Friday.
“There is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed,” Bensouda added.
She said US forces and CIA agents may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan under a system of approved torture techniques, which included simulated drowning.
Human Rights Watch has welcomed the possibility of holding perpetrators to account for what it called horrendous human rights abuses against Afghans.
“Having documented egregious crimes in Afghanistan that have gone unpunished over many…