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Counterinsurgency LawNew Directions in Asymmetric Warfare$
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William Banks

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199941445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199941445.001.0001

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New Approaches to Reducing and Mitigating Harm to Civilians

New Approaches to Reducing and Mitigating Harm to Civilians

(p.127) 7 New Approaches to Reducing and Mitigating Harm to Civilians
Counterinsurgency Law

Gregory S. McNeal

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines new approaches to reducing and mitigating civilian harm in the United States's counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. It considers U.S. practice and theoretical and practical lessons learned while placing the concerns about mitigating civilian casualties in their larger geopolitical context. The chapter begins with an overview of the U.S. COIN doctrine before turning to a discussion of counterinsurgents' focus on preventing and mitigating harm to civilians vs. asymmetric opponents' efforts to exploit civilian harm. It then describes the U.S. military's newest doctrinal publication aimed specifically at preventing and mitigating harm to civilians.

Keywords:   civilian harm, United States, counterinsurgency, civilian casualties, civilians

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