Ward Narramore

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Ward Narramore is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He is a Judge Advocate assigned in Washington, DC. The views expressed here are the author's personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense, the United States Army, the United States Military Academy, or any other department or agency of the United States Government. The analysis presented here stems from the author's academic research of publicly available sources, not from protected operational information.

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International Law: LOAC

The UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Syria Misapplies the Law of Armed Conflict

On September 6, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria issued its latest report in anticipation of the current Human Rights Council session. The COI criticizes the Syrian regime and the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for their failure to document violations of international law. Additionally, the report offers significant evidence indicating that the Assad regime deliberately used chemical weapons against civilians.