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Did the U.S. Commit Crimes in Afghanistan? International Prosecutors Want to Find Out

Hurst Hannum explores the challenges faced by the ICC in its investigation of war crimes in Afghanistan, via an article for The Conversation.

International prosecutors tasked with looking into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan have no shortage of potential targets.

Afghan soldiers and warlords have been accused of rape, murder and kidnap almost since fighting began in late 2001. The deliberate targeting of civilians by the Taliban and other groups continues to this day.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces and the CIA are alleged to have carried out unlawful killings and torture, both in Afghanistan and through the secret “rendition” of terrorist suspects to a number of European countries.

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