Targeting After Kosovo: Has the Law Changed for Strike Planners?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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This article concludes, after examining the law relating to targeting and analyzing the facts and circumstances surrounding targets that, allegedly, were illegally attacked, that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are wrong, on two grounds. In some instances the facts do not support their claims where the facts are not in dispute, the two groups have drawn conclusions based on faulty interpretations of existing international law. NATO selected and attacked legitimate military objectives in the Kosovo campaign. The methods and weapons it used to destroy or neutralize these targets were lawful and proportional to the military advantage expected. Finally, NATO distinguished between combatants and noncombatants and took proper precautions to avoid injuring or killing noncombatants.
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