Show sidebar

International and Foreign

Roof Knocking and the Problem of Talking With Bombs

“Roof knocking” is a controversial method of bombing ostensibly intended to minimize civilian casualties. Israel introduced the method in its campaign in Gaza in 2008–2009, and according to the protocol it developed, occupants of a building are given two warnings before a military strike.…   continue »

Recap of the Recent Posts on Just Security (May 21–27)

I. Guantánamo

II. Transparency, Legality & the the Use of Force

  1. David Glazier, Guest Post: The MSF Airstrike Report: Better on the Facts Than on the Law (Tuesday, May 24)
  2. Marty Lederman, Moves Toward Greater Transparency on the Use of Lethal Force [UPDATED] (Tuesday, May 24)
  3. Marty Lederman, Is It Legal to Target ISIL’s Oil Facilities and Cash Stockpiles?
  continue »

Why Accountability for Iraq’s Militias Matters

Iraq is awash with daily atrocities, with the Islamic State (ISIL) reportedly burying people alive, drowning people in submerged cages, detonating explosives around victims’ necks, and shooting its own members trying to defect. The group has murdered thousands, including up to 1,700 Shia military cadets in Tikrit in June 2014.…   continue »

Is it legal to target ISIL’s oil facilities and cash stockpiles?

An important story in yesterday’s New York Times explains how the U.S. and coalition forces have dramatically increased their targeting of ISIL’s oil facilities (including oil trucks and oil wells) and ISIL’s “bulk cash stockpiles,” which are found in places such as “bank vaults [and] private residences.” “The destruction in recent months of these targets, deep behind enemy lines, which commanders previously avoided for fear of causing civilian casualties — has seriously damaged the Islamic State’s ability to pay its fighters, govern and attract new recruits, military officials say,” reports the Times.…   continue »

The UK’s Report on Drones and Targeted Killing Leaves Unanswered Questions

Yesterday, the British Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights published the report of its months-long inquiry into the use of drones for targeted killing. The 114-page report provides a detailed and revealing analysis of the British government’s sometimes confusing statements about its approach to individualized strikes, gives the Committee’s assessment of the legal regime that should apply in such cases, and makes a number of valuable recommendations.…   continue »