unlawful combatant

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unlawful combatant

n.
A civilian who engages in combat without meeting the criteria for a belligerent established by the third Geneva Convention, and who is thus not classified as a prisoner of war when captured.
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The United States, after the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, which killed almost 3,000 people, gave an "illegal combatant" status to those captured in Afghanistan or arrested in several parts of the world for links with terrorism.
Sarsak was branded an 'illegal combatant' by Israel's military judicial system, and was since imprisoned without any charges or trial.
Sarsak was branded an 'illegal combatant' by Israel's military judicial system and has since been imprisoned without any charges or trial.
The list also includes 302 administrative detainees, one held under the "illegal combatant" law, 27 lawmakers, three former cabinet ministers and one former lawmaker.
With illegal combatant prisoners still at US Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba, and wars smoldering in Afghanistan and Iraq, Greenberg skillfully tackled the apropos question of whether the United States should allow its military to torture prisoners for information.
consequences of their illegal combatant status could also raise issues
Bush maintained that he could pluck any American citizen out of his home or off of the sidewalk and detain him indefinitely on the president's finding that he was an illegal combatant. No court could second-guess the president.
However, the Supreme Court ruling grants prisoners captured abroad the right to show before a civil court of law that the enemy or illegal combatant charges brought by the executive do not factually apply to them.
It is simply a fact of international law that one's status as a legal or illegal combatant under the Third Geneva Convention depends in part on the nature of the organization for which one fights.
Furthermore, Israel began to utilize the contested "illegal combatant" concept with respect to Gazan prisoners.
He was declared an illegal combatant by a kangaroo court created to confirm that designation, which had been applied long before.
Bush would have to do to lock anyone up forever is to declare him an illegal combatant and not have a trial.