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The International Criminal Court (ICC) said Friday it will not pursue an investigation into possible war crimes committed during the war in Afghanistan.

After 18 months of debate, the ICC “rejected unanimously the request of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, on the territory of in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” according to a Friday statement.

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The court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested authorization in November 2017 to start an investigation into alleged war crimes relating to the conflict in Afghanistan.

The ICC determined the difficulties of finding sufficient evidence outweighed its ability to pursue a meaningful and thorough investigation into alleged war crimes.

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“[T]he current circumstances of the situation in Afghanistan are such as to make the prospects for a successful investigation and prosecution extremely limited … [and] would not serve the interests of justice,” the court said.

The court did find, however, that the documents and materials given to them by Bensouda establishes a “reasonable basis” that crimes likely occurred. Alleged crimes have included the torture of prisoners by American C.I.A. operatives in secret jails known as “black sites.”

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“This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law,” the White House said in a Friday statement applauding the ICC’s decision. “We welcome this decision and reiterate our position that...
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