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Department of Defense Law of War Manual (June 2015, Updated December 2016)

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Technical Report

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Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Defense Washington United States

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This manual is a Department of Defense DoD-wide resource for DoD personnel including commanders, legal practitioners, and other military and civilian personnel on the law of war. This manual has many distinguished antecedents that have provided important guidance to the U.S. Armed Forces. This manual is an institutional publication and reflects the views of the Department of Defense, rather than the views of any particular person or DoD component. An effort has been made to reflect in this manual sound legal positions based on relevant authoritative sources of the law, including as developed by the DoD or the U.S. Government under such sources, and to show in the cited sources the past practice of DoD or the United States in applying the law of war.

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