“Foreign fighters could fall into the category of unlawful combatants,” Colonel Goetze said. He said he expected that only a small percentage of the prisoners in Iraq would be designated “unlawful combatants,” but he said, “These are the individuals who raised up, took arms, not carrying them in an open manner, not wearing uniforms; in other words, engaging in tactics and techniques that were not in accordance with the law of armed combat.”
How can it be expected that such an underdog force would conform to the “rules of war”. I seem to remember a rag-tag force under the command of one George Washington taking on the world power that was Great Britain - and winning. Not through superior fire power or remarkable tactics or even overwhelming manpower. No the insurgents that were the colonists used tactics which were far outside the “rules of war” and the British couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t adapt.
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