How the US derailed an effort to prosecute its crimes in Afghanistan

Source: The Intercept
by Alice Speri

“Last, the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court — the only international body with the authority to prosecute individuals over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes — sought to reopen a previously suspended investigation in Afghanistan but with a caveat. The probe would not include conduct by the United States and its allies, including the U.S.-backed former Afghan government, all of which have committed crimes that fall squarely within the court’s jurisdiction. … While many Afghans welcomed the reopening of a case that they hope will preserve the international community’s scrutiny of the newly installed Taliban government, they warned that the decision would threaten the credibility of a court that has long faced questions about its ability to take on the world’s most powerful countries.” (10/05/21)