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Livestream: Congressional Hearings on Space Warfighting Readiness, Somalia's Security Status, and Protecting Cutting-Edge Technology and U.S. National Security

The following congressional hearings on space warfighting readiness, Somalia's security status, and protecting cutting-edge technology and U.S. national security may be of interest to Lawfare's readers. 

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Proxy Detention of a U.S. Citizen in Iraq? A Glimpse Into a Murky but Important Category of Detention

A U.S. citizen from Virginia by the name of Mohamad Khweis apparently was held in detention for three months by Kurdish authorities in Iraq, with the U.S. government seemingly exercising considerable control over the situation.

War Powers

Do the Strikes on al Shabaab Stretch the AUMF or The Unit Self-defense Doctrine?

Charlie Savage’s piece on the legal basis for the March 5 U.S. strike against an al Shabaab training camp, which allegedly killed 150 fighters, raises the intriguing question of whether the AUMF has been stretched yet again, this time to justify U.S. operations against al Shabaab as a whole. 

Somalia

Boots on the Ground in Somalia: Acting "By, With, and Through" a Local Partner to Minimize Friction

These days, when the United States plays the lead role in using lethal force or detaining and interrogating prisoners, the force typically involves only airpower and detention-and-interrogation typically are just transient.  This has the effect of tamping down the political, legal, and diplomatic headaches that follow from using boots-on-the-ground to conduct raids and from holding detainees for the long term.  But these are not the only means by which to tamp down those frictions.

targeted killing

Airstrikes Outside Areas of Active Hostilities: Attacks in Somalia and Questions About the Current Shape of the Policy

Just this morning, I was thinking that things have been rather quiet with respect to media coverage of U.S. operations against AQ and AQ affiliates in places like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  Well...

Alien Tort Statute

Warfaa v. Ali: Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Somali’s Alien Tort Statute Claims

The Fourth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of Alien Tort Statute claims against a former Colonel in the Somali National Army by a member of clan persecuted by the Barre regime who he detained, interrogated, tortured, shot, and left for dead.

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