This article aims to comprehensively review the legality of unconventional warfare campaigns under modern international. It demonstrates that while unconventional warfare remains viable under modern international law, the law creates both legal risks and opportunities, both of which must be understood in order to wage an effective campaign. The article highlights those risks and opportunities as they apply to the unconventional warfare campaigns the United States is currently conducting in Syria. The article begins by describing the Syrian conflict and outlining the basics of unconventional warfare. The article then turns to the two main bodies of international law governing unconventional warfare : jus ad bellum and jus in bello.
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