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Trump to authorize sanctions against ICC members probing possible Afghan war crimes by US personnel

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has authorized economic sanctions against members of the International Criminal Court who are investigating possible war crimes by American personnel during the war in Afghanistan, the White House announced Thursday.

The new move is part of a concerted campaign against the international court and its probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by U.S. and other forcesin that conflict. 

“This administration will not allow American citizens who have served our country to be subjected to illegitimate investigations,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Thursday at an event announcing the action.

Human rights advocates denounced the Trump administration’s decision as “reckless,” charging the U.S. with trying to evade accountability for alleged torture and other war crimes.