John Kerry Calls For War Crime Investigation Of Russia

| by Oren Peleg

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for Russia and Syria to be investigated for war crimes. Kerry's charge comes on the same day that the Obama Administration has officially accused Russia of a series of cyber-attacks aimed at the US election process.

“Last night the regime attacked yet another hospital and 20 people were killed and 100 people were injured,” Kerry said at a press conference following a meeting with French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, notes The Guardian. “Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and medical facilities and women and children.”

"These are actions that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes and those responsible would and should be held accountable for these actions," Kerry continued. "They are beyond the accidental now. Way beyond, years beyond the accidental. This is a targeted strategy to terrorize civilians and to kill anybody and everybody who is in the way of their military objectives."

A joint press release by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the same day as Kerry’s statements blamed Russia for another crime: cyber-warfare.

The statement begins:

The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow -- the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

Sources: The Guardian, Office of the Director of National Intelligence / Photo credit: Center For American Progress/Flickr

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