Mark Collins – Aussies vs ISIS: Targeted Assassinations by Air Strikes?

That seems one reasonable inference from this change in their ROEs–at

“Australia to expand anti-ISIL campaign in Iraq and Syria”“The Australian Defence Force now has the full authority needed to target all members of Daesh, in accordance with international law. This ensures we can continue to meet the evolving national security threat of this decade and well beyond. The Government has reviewed its policy on targeting enemy combatants and made an important decision to ensure our forces are empowered to act against Daesh in Iraq and Syria to the maximum extent allowed by international law. This now includes targeting those who may not openly take up arms but are still key to Daesh’s fighting capability …” (AUS PM statement) – “Australia outlines tough new measures against Islamic State”“Australia Foreshadows Expanding Role in Fight Against Daesh in Syria and Iraq”…

Rather more robust than anything that would fly in Canada, one thinks. Relevant:

Who’s Doing What in Anti-ISIS Coalition?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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