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The Netherlands was against any reference to the motivation of a mercenary altogether.[13] The OAU Convention against Mercenarism dropped the requirement of material compensation "substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions".[14] The UN Mercenary Convention, however, does contain this requirement. [15]

From this definition the so-called freedom fighters or jihadists supported by the Arab home countries and the US-UK have no legal status to be called a combatant in a foreign country with protection under UN Geneva Convention.

On the other hand, the Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters in their country of residence do have legal POW status .... from a brief summary. War crimes must always be punished, no loopholes. A long legal battle may ensue.

The U.K. Foreign Office did change tactics from encouraging Britons to volunteer to a warning doing so at their own risk. Nice reminder during busy months of PartyGate.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 07:51:52 AM EST
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