Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghans Laud, Rights Groups Concerned By ‘Take No Prisoners’ Orders

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RFE/RL, 24 August 2014

Frud Bezhan looks at instructions to the Afghan security forces to kill militants on the battlefield instead of taking them prisoner and transferring them for prosecution. HRW’s Patricia Gossman, also an AAN member, says: “When Afghan forces are fighting the Taliban then the militants are military targets and there is no legal issue. It’s once a combatant is no longer a combatant — when he’s taken prisoner or he’s wounded and can no longer fight — then under the International Humanitarian Law it is prohibited to kill a captured prisoner.” AAN’s Fabrizio Foschini comments on the latest Taleban activities: “One of the most critical [changes on the battlefield] is the reduced NATO air support and attacks against insurgents. This allows a higher degree of freedom for insurgents to gather in big numbers of fighters without fear of being attacked by NATO warplanes. This has created a logistics, transport, and supply burden on the Afghan National Security Forces [ANSF].”