ICC prosecutor requests investigation for Afghanistan probe

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 file photo, U.S. Marines patrol the Nawa district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. A psychological wound known as moral injury is gaining attention in the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with veterans now being treated for these injuries to the soul — even as medical experts debate whether moral injury is a condition unto itself or a subset of post-traumatic stress disorder. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked judges to authorize an investigation in Afghanistan of allegations of war crimes by the U.S. military and CIA, crimes against humanity by the Taliban and war crimes by Afghan security forces.

The announcement Monday marks the first time ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has gone after Americans for alleged war crimes. The United States is not a member state of the court, but its nationals can be charged with crimes committed in countries that are members.

As well as alleged crimes by American forces in Afghanistan, Bensouda wants to investigate CIA operatives for their roles in secret detention facilities in Afghanistan and other countries that are court members.

There is no set timeframe for judges to rule on the request.

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