Middle East and North Africa
At the time of publication of this Insight, Palestine is neither a signatory nor a state party to the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty. Nonetheless, on January 16, 2015, the ICC Prosecutor opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine.
On September 20, 2014, the government of Iraq informed the UN Security Council (SC) that it had requested the United States to lead international efforts to strike Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) sites. The strikes would end the constant threat posed by ISIL to Iraq, protect Iraq’s citizens, and ultimately enable Iraq to regain control of its borders. The U.S. asserted that this request extended to ISIL sites in Syria.