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Legitimate TargetA Criteria-Based Approach to Targeted Killing$
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Amos Guiora

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199969739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969739.001.0001

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The Practicalities of Targeted Killing

The Practicalities of Targeted Killing

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Legitimate Target

Amos N. Guiora

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the practicalities of conducting targeted killing operations. It discusses the ten-point criteria that can help the criteria-based approach to targeted killing. These ten-point checklist include local community reactions to previous targeted killings, political circumstances that preclude conducting a targeted killing and predicted/expected consequences if an otherwise legitimate targeted killing is not conducted. This chapter also evaluates six specific targeted killing decisions that illustrate the tension between strategic and tactical decision-making regarding particular individuals and are instructive with respect to application of “self-defense”.

Keywords:   targeted killing, criteria-based approach, local community reactions, political circumstances, tactical decision-making, strategic decision-making, self-defense

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