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ICC OPENED A FORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO WAR CRIMES ALLEGATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, INCLUDING U.S. FORCES AND MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

On 20 November 2017, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) requested authority to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan during the ongoing armed conflict. This investigation also includes allegations of war crimes committed by U.S. armed forces and members of the CIA. Should the ICC grant the prosecutor's request, this would be the first possible prosecution of Americans since the ICC was established in 2002.

Read more about this development in a New York Times article dated 20 November 2017. For a more detailed analysis of the prosecutor's request, including those allegations against the Taliban, Afghan Security Forces and U.S. personnel, read the prosecutor's brief to the Court. Also, included are two scholarly articles arguing opposite positions on whether the ICC has jurisdiction over U.S. forces.