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2 The Use of Force against Da‘esh and the Jus ad Bellum 

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The international law on the use of force is recalled, as is the controversy, among academics in particular, about the right to use force in self-defence against non-State armed groups. The question of anticipatory self-defence and the related notion of imminence is considered in the context of the use of force against non-State armed groups. An attempt is then made to describe how the jus ad bellum applies to the use of force against Da‘esh, primarily in Syria. Finally, the 2016 report of the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights on ‘the Government’s policy on the use of drones for targeted killings’ is briefly considered. 



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