ICC seeks investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan since 2003

PARIS, Nov 4 (INP): The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court requested judicial authorization Friday to begin a formal investigation into possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan, a probe that could implicate American forces.

“For decades, the people of Afghanistan have endured the scourge of armed conflict,” Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer who has served as the ICC’s chief prosecutor since 2012, said in a statement. Her office is pushing to open an investigation because “there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed” in Afghanistan, she said.