US forces, CIA may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan: ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that the US military and the CIA may be guilty of carrying out war crimes in Afghanistan.

On Monday, the ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda made the announcement while unveiling the results of a preliminary probe launched into the US’s actions in the country.

Bensouda noted that if proven, the war crimes were carried out mainly between 2003 and 2004 during the “cruel and violent” questioning of prisoners.

There is “reasonable basis to believe that, in the course of interrogating these detainees … members of the US armed forces and the US Central Intelligence Agency resorted to techniques amounting to the commission of the war crimes of torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, and rape,” she said.

This file photo taken on September 29, 2015 shows Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda waiting for former vice-president in the transitional government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo…

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