FILE - In this May 19, 2010 file photo, United States Army soldiers set out on a night mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. President Hamid Karzai has interfered in corruption cases and even threatened to join the Taliban if foreigners didn't stop meddling. Now he is demanding that the U.S.-led coalition begin reducing its military operations and stop what the military believes is its most successful tactic _ night raids against suspected Taliban commanders. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
United States Army soldiers set out on a night mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on May 19, 2010. Julie Jacobson—AP

ICC: U.S. Forces and CIA Operatives May Have Tortured Detainees in Afghanistan

Nov 15, 2016

Members of the U.S. armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, International Criminal Court prosecutors said in a report issued on Monday.

According to the report, U.S. armed forces personnel "appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture" in Afghanistan, mostly between 2003 and 2004. During the same time period, CIA operatives may have tortured 27 detainees in Afghanistan and other areas.

Prosecutors will decide "imminently" whether to seek permission to launch a full-scale investigation in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reports. While the U.S. is not a member of the court, the country's citizens can face prosecution if they commit crimes in the countries that do belong, like Afghanistan.

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