US Department of Defense
The International Criminal Court will begin investigating the United States for war crimes for the first time ever.
According to The Hill:
Appeals judges on the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday approved a request to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. military forces, CIA personnel, the Taliban and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
The move overturns a lower court decision and allows prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to launch a probe into alleged war crimes by U.S. forces for the first time, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. government has long refused to cooperate with the court.
“The Appeals Chamber considers it appropriate to amend the appealed decision to the effect that the prosecutor is authorized to commence an investigation into alleged crimes committed on the territory of Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, as well as other alleged crimes that have a nexus to the armed conflict in Afghanistan,” presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski said, ruling that the court’s chief prosecutor had found appropriate grounds to probe alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
Judges who heard pretrial arguments reportedly rejected Bensouda’s request to open an investigation in April. The judges based their decision at the time on the belief that a lack of cooperation would inhibit the probe from concluding with convictions.
What remains unclear is if anyone who comes under investigation will cooperate with the court that holds no true jurisdiction.