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America’s Shadow Warriors: Legal Dimensions of Special Forces and the Targeted Warfare

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President Barack Obama is escalating an ambitious, U.S.-directed covert war, relying on Special Forces and high-tech strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries to track down and eliminate Al Qaeda leaders and militants around the world. Meanwhile, administration officials in Washington are attempting to create a legal framework for the expansion of this form of targeted warfare. This paper will argue that the administration officials, the media, and the American public know too little about the success of these clandestine operation and their consequences, particularly the unintended ones, to make an informed decision about whether or not the benefits of these wide-scale, covert actions outweigh their costs.

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