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Part II General Principles of the Law of Targeting, 9 The Controversy over Bombardment—What is the Required Degree of Care?

William H. Boothby

From: The Law of Targeting

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

Geneva Conventions 1949 — War crimes — Military objectives
Nobody can pretend that the issue of the degree of care that is required in bombardment is anything other than a hot and very contemporary international law topic. On 29 November 2011, the Guardian newspaper posed the crucial question ‘Why did NATO forces kill two dozen Pakistani soldiers at a border post in the Mohmand region, some 300 yards across the frontier from Afghanistan early on Saturday morning?’1 After noting claim and counter-claim as to why the event occurred, the report continued ‘There is a very simple explanation of what happened, the US military...
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