US -backed forces drove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001 at the start of a war that has dragged on for 17 years.
In a preliminary report in 2017, Bensouda said there was a reasonable basis to believe that USA forces personnel and CIA officers had been involved in the war crimes of torture and rape, and that the crimes committed at the agency's so-called black sites in countries including Poland, Lithuania and Romania had been "committed with particular cruelty".
The court decision also comes a month after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the USA would put visa restrictions of any ICC personnel seeking to investigate allegations of war crimes involving U.S. citizens.More news: Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary: PM Modi pays tributes
After 18 months of debate, the ICC "rejected unanimously the request of the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes, on the territory of in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan", according to a Friday statement.
In a statement, the court said: "The Chamber believes that, notwithstanding the fact all the relevant requirements are met as regards both jurisdiction and admissibility, the current circumstances of the situation in Afghanistan are such as to make the prospects for a successful investigation and prosecution extremely limited".
Asked if he thinks the ICC's decision was related to the United States' actions on visas, Bolton at first said he "can't speak to the timing".
She also said that the Taliban and other armed groups have carried out "a widespread and systemic attack on civilians perceived as supporting the Afghan government and foreign entities", and that there is also "reasonable basis" to believe that war crimes have been committed against people detained by the Afghan National Security Forces.
Eugene Kontorovich, a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told the Washington Free Beacon that the decision was "very surprising", and an indication of the success of President Donald Trump's administration's efforts in opposing partisan courts like the ICC.
Human rights groups warned that the decision would have repercussions well beyond Afghanistan.More news: Solskjaer not sensing Pogba misgivings amid speculation
Human rights and victims' organizations in Kabul called the ICC ruling "absolutely shocking".
The Trump administration has been openly dismissive of the court's authority, particularly after the Palestinian Authority tried previous year to get the court to build a case against Israel.
An ICC statement on Friday cited a lack of cooperation from all sides, leading to the rejection of the investigation.
On Friday, Bolton denied that the court's decision was a result of American pressure. We will not join the ICC. "When Americans violate their training and doctrine, whether they're in the military or in the intelligence community, as a democratic, constitutional society we are capable of holding our own citizens accountable".
"By closing the door on this investigation, the ICC judges have let political considerations outweigh the rights of victims to see their abusers held to account", Singh said. "For all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us".More news: Ariana Grande shares brain scan and opens up about PTSD