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2018 WWCLE CAPSTONE LECTURE & DISCUSSION

On 31 August 2017, Foreign Policy Magazine published an article by Samuel Oakford, where the author made several allegations and critical comments about U.S. led airstrikes and artillery use during Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve operations in Syria. GEN Stephen J. Townsend responded to Mr. Oakford's article rebutting its factual underpinnings, assumptions and conclusions. The exchange between Mr. Oakford and GEN Townsend raises several important issues and questions about how the evolving nature of warfare can or should be conducted within traditional Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) principles.