Afghan anti-Taliban fighters watch explosions from U.S. bombing in the Tora Bora Mountains in December 2001.
David Bosco, Foreign Policy: Exclusive: International Criminal Court Poised to Open Investigation into War Crimes in Afghanistan
The investigation could expose U.S. personnel to international justice inquiry for the first time.
The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is ready to initiate a full investigation of a range of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including some by U.S. personnel, according to several knowledgeable sources. The ICC move would mark the first time that a formal ICC investigation has scrutinized U.S. actions and sets up a possible collision with Washington.
Multiple sources have indicated that the chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, will seek to initiate an investigation in the coming weeks, likely after the U.S. presidential election but before the end of the year. U.S. officials visited The Hague recently to discuss the potential investigation and to express concerns about its scope.
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WNU Editor: This is going to open a can of worms. I expect this investigation to proceed, and I will not be surprised that in the end it will be critical of the U.S. military, the conduct of its allies, and of both Presidents Bush and Obama. The question that still needs to be answered is .... will they charge anyone personally .... specifically .... will they charge Presidents Obama and Bush for war crimes. And while I doubt that the ICC will go that far .... a part of me would love to see the "shit-storm" that would happen if they do.