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Hamas, The Gaza War and Accountability Under International Law

International Law and Military Operations in Practice Colonel Richard Kemp CBE.

I will examine the practicalities, challenges and difficulties faced by military forces in trying to fight within the provisions of international law against an enemy that deliberately and consistently flouts international law.

I shall focus on counter-insurgency operations from the British and to some extent the American perspective drawing on recent British experience generally and my own personal experience of operating in this environment.

Soldiers from all Western armies, including Israel's and Britain's, are educated in the laws of war.

Commanders are educated to a higher level so that they can enforce the laws among their men, and take them into account during their planning.

Because the battlefield - in any kind of war - is a place of confusion and chaos, of fast-moving action the compl


Added: Sep-2-2009 Occurred On: Sep-2-2009
By: smellvir
Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East
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