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Are Saudi-led Coalition Forces Committing War Crimes in Yemen?

This month, Saudi-led coalition forces recommenced airstrikes on Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, targeting the forces of Ansar Allah (known as the Houthis), after peace talks that began back in April broke down. The coalition – which includes forces from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates – supports ousted President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen, whose government is still recognized by most countries, and has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.…   continue »

Why Doesn’t the ABA Consider Discrimination Based on Military or Veteran Status to be an Ethics Violation?

Earlier this month, the American Bar Association (ABA) crowed about a resolution (#109) that amended its Model Code of Professional Conduct to include as “professional misconduct” harassment or discrimination against a wide range of persons except, inexplicably, those having military or veteran status.…   continue »


That’s how many individuals the Department of Defense continues to detain at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base after the recent transfer of 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates.  Twenty of the remaining detainees have been cleared for transfer.  [Numbers below updated.]  Eight others are awaiting the results of a Periodic Review Board hearing; PRB hearings are scheduled for another three (Aug.…   continue »

The PPG Visualized, What the US Kill and Capture Bureaucracy Looks Like

This is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.

On August 5, under legal pressure from the ACLU, the US government released its guidelines for overseas kill and capture operations against terrorist targets located outside of active American war zones.…   continue »

Today’s Important Deadline in the ACLU’s Targeted-Killing Transparency Case

Today, more than three years after President Obama announced that he had issued a classified “Presidential Policy Guidance,” commonly known as the PPG, meant to govern the United States’ use of lethal force against suspected terrorists outside of war zones, the public may finally get to see that document and several others as the result of an ACLU lawsuit.…   continue »