Targetting Afghan Drug Lords

New U.S. policy–according to James Risen in today’s NYT, there’s now a list of 50 Afghan drug lords on a kill or capture list that elevates them to the same importance as insurgent leaders. It’s quite a turnaround from previous policy and the “kill” part of it raises legal questions and poses some serious dilemmas. I did a story for TW today with commentary from Gretchen Peters, author of the book Seeds of Terror, as well as law of war experts Scott Silliman and Robert K. Goldman. I’ll post the link when it’s up. Here it is:

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http://www.theworld.org/2009/08/10/targeting-drug-lords-in-afghanistan/

And here’s some skepticism of the policy from Abu Muqawama.

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