Afghanistan and Pakistan present complex situations where application of such principles as the right to kill without warning, and the right to detain without trial, require very careful analysis of both facts and law. Topics addressed are: current U.S. policy, strategy and challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan ; international humanitarian law issues that have arisen in connection with military operations in the region especially with respect to the use of combat drones ; CIA operations in the region, particularly with respect to U.S. law, but pointing out where there may be gaps between U.S. law and international law governing operations ; strengths and weaknesses in current international humanitarian law from the perspective of U.S. strategy.
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