The International Criminal Court, Under Pressure, Turns Eyes on U.S.

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The United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Yet Americans could still be indicted by the Court for alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan.

In a report by the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor released last month, the ICC states it is assessing whether to open a formal investigation into “war crimes of torture and related ill-treatment, by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014.”

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