• The ICC was going to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan

  • The international criminal court (ICC) intends to initiate an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including those committed by the military of the United States. On Monday, October 31, according to Foreign Policy, citing the sources.

    As noted, the ICC will carefully review the actions of the United States that this might lead to conflict with Washington. According to the newspaper, U.S. officials have visited the Hague to discuss the beginning of possible investigations, and to Express this concern.

    Chief ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda expects "to begin to investigate in the coming weeks, likely after the presidential elections in the United States, but before the end of the year." To charge will require a significantly greater amount of evidence than the Prosecutor's office at present.

    The office of the Prosecutor of the ICC has repeatedly drawn attention to the alleged abuse of the us military against prisoners in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2005, but the U.S. government did not pay proper attention. In addition, it is assumed that Bensouda will also investigate the US air strike on the hospital, "Doctors without borders" (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz, which killed 42 people.

    Hospital in Kunduz suffered from the RAID by U.S. air force on 3 October 2015. At the time of the bombing there were more than 100 patients and 80 physicians. President Barack Obama has offered his personal apology to the MSF President Joanna Liu, the head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter acknowledged that the U.S. air force dealt a blow by mistake. He added that every effort would be made "to determine the causes of this tragic incident" and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

    Later it became known that 16 American soldiers, including General, responsible for the shelling of the hospital, escaped disciplinary punishments. No charges brought to them it was not.

    At the end of September 2014, Washington and Kabul signed a security agreement that will allow part of the foreign military contingent to remain in the country after 2014. Former Afghan leader Hamid Karzai persistently refused the agreement with the Americans. He demanded from the authorities of the United States guarantees non-interference in the internal Affairs of Afghanistan, including the refusal of air strikes on civilian targets. The agreement, signed by the incumbent President Ashraf Ghani, agreed that the American military if they commit crimes will be tried according to the laws of the United States.

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