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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military base known as Camp Bondsteel serves to house illegal combatants deemed to be enemies of American interests.
America coined the term of illegal combatants for the terrorists, who were captured during the Operation Enduring Freedom in order to curb their rights as Prisoners of War under Geneva Convention.
Hassan Safadi has been refusing food since the 2nd of March, Omar Abu Shalal, 54, since the 4th of March, Mahmoud Sarsak, the only Gazan to have been incarcerated under Israel's Illegal Combatants Law, since the 24th of March, Mohammed al-Taj, 40, also since the 24th of March and Ja'afar Ezzadeen, 41, since the 27th of march.
Insurgents, not being controlled by states party to international law, are illegal combatants and do not fit well within either category.
But if you have Gaza or Southern Lebanese guerrilla forces who don't wear uniforms, who are illegal combatants, when is it a legitimate target?" Yaron Ezrahi, a political scientist at Hebrew University who has been highly critical of the Gaza operation, said: "Goldstone should have acknowledged that this asymmetry creates a disadvantage for the state.
Unfortunately, this sounds very similar to the Bush doctrine of detaining "illegal combatants", which in his administration's blinkered view justified them being robbed of their legal rights.
He decreed that all detainees -- legal or illegal combatants -- are protected by Geneva Conventions.
Coady has much to say about just war theory, but he also takes up topics not typically covered in recent writings on just war, including mercenaries, weapons of mass destruction, general and selective conscientious objection, the meaning of violence, the nature of peace, and the treatment of so-called 'illegal combatants'.
As illegal combatants PMFs, if captured, could be tried as
Those who are truly illegal combatants would be sent to military or civilian jails in the United States, to be tried under time-tested American rules of justice, or sent to an international tribunal.
He added, however, that they "are not entitled to prisoner of war status for purposes of the Geneva Conventions of 1949." (16) On 28 January 2002, President Bush stated that he had met with his national security team and decided the detainees were illegal combatants and would "not be treated as prisoners of war." (17)
claim to punish at its total discretion those charged with the supposed offense of being "illegal combatants"--that is, of daring to oppose U.S.