enemy combatant

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enemy combatant

Any person in an armed conflict who could be properly detained under the laws and customs of war. Also called EC.
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However, advances in body and vehicle armor in the context of the use of ambushes and improvised explosive devices by enemy combatants have resulted in fewer fatalities from head and neck wounds, and thus the incidence of nonfatal head and neck injuries has risen to as high as 52%.
Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAF) has concluded that the only casualties were those of armed enemy combatants," the two paragraph statement read.
Lawful enemy combatants, in contrast, are people that are labeled and recognized as soldiers and fight for a country.
The third segment serves to illustrate the role that the PAF is playing in support of the Pakistan Army's operations against enemy strongholds in the North West where the PAF has inflicted the lion's share of attrition against enemy combatants and terrorists that have plagued our growth as a nation.
When pregnant women die in such savage assaults, I wonder if fetuses were enemy combatants.
Not long after entering the corn farms, the Syrian Armed Forces seized the area, killing several enemy combatants and seizing 2 bulldozers from al-Nusra," they said.
None of the men had been charged with a crime but had been detained as enemy combatants
They have left the impression that the government may even have come to the belief that the principle in reliance upon which it has detained Padilla for this time, that the President possesses the authority to detain enemy combatants who enter into this country for the purpose of attacking America and its citizens from within, can, in the end, yield to expediency with little or no cost to its conduct of the war against terror--an impression we would have thought the government likewise could ill afford to leave extant.
government to properly distinguish al-Qaeda unlawful enemy combatants from domestic jihadi terrorists.
Some find it easier to rationalize or justify the killing of enemy combatants than others.
In 2004, he submitted a brief to the Supreme Court in support of the right of enemy combatants to challenge their detention in court.
arguing that Mohammed and the others should be tried as enemy combatants before military commissions, moved to deny federal funding for the trials, a proposal that drew some Democrats' support.