Trump Admin not Happy With Investigation Into US Afghanistan Conduct
Article from The Washington Free Beacon by Adam Kredo.
The Trump administration will fight efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate American personnel for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, according to top U.S. officials who described the court’s efforts as a dangerous sham.
The ICC ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to investigate and potentially prosecute American service members for alleged war crimes perpetrated in Afghanistan during America’s 18-plus years in the country. The decision marks a reversal of the court’s initial findings on the matter and prompted fierce pushback from the Trump administration, which maintains the ICC is conducting a politically motivated stunt meant to undermine America’s efforts to foster peace in the war-torn nation.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ripped the court’s decision in comments to reporters at the State Department.
“I received word this morning that the ICC Appeals Chamber authorized an investigation into the activities of the Taliban and U.S. and Afghan personnel there,” Pompeo said. “This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution masquerading as a legal body.”
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