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    ICC reject war crimes in Afghanistan

    The case is not so clear as with Assange...

    ICC rejects request to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected its prosecutor's request to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.Court judges highlighted instability and the lack of co-operation with investigators in the country.

    The ruling was hailed by US President Donald Trump as a "major international victory" but human rights group Amnesty International criticised it.It comes a week after the US revoked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's visa.

    That was thought to have been in response to her request to investigate possible crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan.Explaining their unanimous decision, the three ICC pre-trial chamber judges said such an investigation "would not serve the interests of justice".

    Mr Trump said it was a victory "not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law".In his statement, he called the ICC "illegitimate" and said it would be met with a "swift and vigorous response" if it tried to prosecute citizens of the US or its allies.

    Amnesty said the refusal to investigate was a "shocking abandonment of victims" that would "weaken the court's already questionable credibility".Amnesty's Biraj Patnaik said the decision would be seen as a "craven capitulation to Washington's bullying".

    ICC prosecutors have been examining alleged abuses committed by all parties in Afghanistan's long conflict for more than a decade.A formal examination of potential crimes began in November 2017.

    Fatou Bensouda became the ICC prosecutor in 2012 and had her US visa revoked last week


    But while the court said there was "a reasonable basis" to believe crimes had occurred, judges said Afghanistan's current situation "make the prospects for a successful investigation and prosecution extremely limited".

    They also cited the long period that had passed since the investigation began in 2006, and said the court needed to "use its resources prioritising activities that would have better chances to succeed".https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47912140

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    Pompeo Says US Seeks Ending Afghan War

    Pompeo says US is trying to end the war and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike.

    The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that United States is trying to end the longest war in United States history in Afghanistan, the US Department of State said in a statement on April 15.

    Addressing a ceremony at Texas A&M University, Pompeo said that the US officials are trying to broker peace between Taliban and the Afghan government.

    “We’re trying to end the longest war in United States history and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike,” said Pompeo.

    “I spoke with our ambassador, who is working to bring peace in Afghanistan. There’s another graduate of this fine institution, a young lady named Melissa. She is supporting our work there to broker peace between the Taliban and the Afghan Government,” Pompeo added.

    This comes after the Taliban last week announced their annual spring offensive, which comes as the Afghan and US politicians try to negotiate for a peace settlement with the militant group.

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    and the Talibans doesn't give f..k because US has already announced that they are leaving Afghanistan..
    In the near future Afghanistan will once again have a Taliban government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    “I spoke with our ambassador, who is working to bring peace in Afghanistan. There’s another graduate of this fine institution, a young lady named Melissa. She is supporting our work there to broker peace between the Taliban and the Afghan Government,” Pompeo added.
    Also a stand-by helicopter on the roof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    But while the court said there was "a reasonable basis" to believe crimes had occurred, judges said Afghanistan's current situation "make the prospects for a successful investigation and prosecution extremely limited".
    Read between the lines. All the judges are saying is that it's a stacked deck that they would be wasting their time on if they tried.
    Same with Israeli crimes.
    No matter how right you are, you have to pick your fights. (Something I have to learn on this forum )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    ICC rejects request to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected its prosecutor's request to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.Court judges highlighted instability and the lack of co-operation with investigators in the country.
    It is odd that Saddam was able to be tried and executed in much more unstable circumstances.

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    No way. No evidence after 18 years - even no "highly likely"...

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