The War (?) against Al-Qaeda
E. Wilmshurst (ed.), International Law and the Classification of Conflicts (Oxford University Press, 2012)
54 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2013
Date Written: March 7, 2012
This chapter examines the legal ambiguities surrounding a war that might not be a war, against an elusive enemy whose existence as an organised entity is sometimes cast in doubt. Military operations are carried out under the mantle of this war and casualties and destruction have followed, rendering the analysis and classification a crucial matter. The possibilities for classification, as well as the views of parties concerned are examined, as are the repercussions for operations conducted within this paradigm.
Keywords: law of armed conflict, IHL, terrorism, al-qaida, targeted killing, war on terror
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