Essay: Special Operations Forces and War Crimes by Guerillas

Source: ExpressO Preprint Series

"When directed, United States Special Operations Forces conduct unconventional warfare or foreign internal defense missions. These operations include tasks to train, equip, and advise friendly foreign indigenous forces - guerillas. By statute, doctrine, and training, Special Operations Forces ("SOF") must conduct operations in compliance with the law of armed conflict. If U.S. service members violate these laws, U.S. military authorities investigate the incident and prosecute the violators under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But what happens when U.S. forces provide military assistance to guerillas that committed or are likely to commit war crimes?"

By Shirl Kennedy on Military and Defense

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