Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prosecutor Seeks Probe of US Personnel in Afghanistan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prosecutor Seeks Probe of US Personnel in Afghanistan

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands * The International Criminal Court prosecutor asked judges Monday to authorize an investigation into reported human rights abuses in Afghanistan, including allegations of rape and torture by the U.S. military and CIA, crimes against humanity by the Taliban and war crimes by Afghan security forces.

The request marks the first time that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has targeted Americans for alleged war crimes. Bensouda said an investigation under the auspices of the international tribunal could break through what she called "near total impunity" in Afghanistan.

The prosecutor's appeal for authorization also sets up a possible showdown with Washington. The United States is not a member state of the court, but its citizens can be charged with crimes committed in countries that are members. …

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