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International Criminal Court to probe war crimes in Afghanistan

Kabul: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorised an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan, which would include allegations against US, Afghan and Taliban forces.

It is possible allegations relating to troops of other coalition countries, such Australia and the UK, could surface in the process.

The ruling immediately drew sharp rebuke from the United States, which has already imposed visa restrictions on Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, and threatened further sanctions.

Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.Credit:AP

“This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution masquerading as a legal body,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Washington, denouncing “ICC politicians”.

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