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Who Owns The Bomb?

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An international humanitarian law (IHL) 6-step targeting process is set out, where the first four steps constitute the planning phase of an attack, and the last two steps comprise the attack phase. The intent behind this IHL 6-step targeting process is not to set out additional obligations to those already found in IHL, but rather the process is meant as a way of conveniently expressing some of those obligations. This chapter deals with applying the IHL 6-step targeting process to some case studies. It explains how the process can be reduced to a useful aide-memoire for use in combat. The IHL 6-step targeting process provides a means to determine who owns the bomb, and has that owner fulfilled his or her obligations. By analysing a targeting decision through the lens of IHL 6-step targeting process, it is possible to determine who had, or should have had, responsibility for what.

Keywords: international humanitarian law (IHL); laser-guided bomb; targeting decision



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