April 12, 2019 / 5:16 PM / in a month

Trump claims victory as court rejects investigating U.S. forces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court’s unanimous rejection of a request to investigate U.S. forces for possible war crimes in Afghanistan is a “major international victory”, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday.

He, however, warned the court against trying to prosecute Israelis or Americans following a complaint by Palestinians, which have called for an ICC investigation of Israel.

“This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law,” Trump said in a statement. “We welcome this decision and reiterate our position that the United States holds American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards.”

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton in Washington; Editing by James Dalgleish

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