Obama admin: No grounds to probe Afghan war crimes

July 11, 2009 06:59

The Obama administration will not investigate the deaths of potentially thousands of Taliban prisoners in 2001 at the hands of US-backed forces due to lack of legal grounds, the New York Times reported on Friday. In its report, the Times quoted government and human rights officials accusing the Bush administration of failing to investigate the executions of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of prisoners. US officials said Friday they did not have legal grounds to investigate the deaths because only foreigners were involved and the alleged killings occurred in a foreign country. The Times cited US military and CIA ties to Afghan Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, whom human rights groups accuse of ordering the killings. The newspaper said the Defense Department and FBI never fully investigated the incident.

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