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Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism

Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Ben Saul

This Handbook brings together leading scholars and practitioners to examine the prolific body of international laws governing terrorism. It exhaustively covers the global response to terrorism in transnational criminal law, the international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the law of State responsibility, the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, UN specialised bodies, and regional organisations. It also addresses special legal issues in dealing with terrorism such as gender, religion, victims of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and customary law.

Chapter 31: Victims’ redress amid terrorism’s changing tactics and strategies

Ilaria Bottigliero and Lyal S. Sunga

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, public international law, terrorism and security law, politics and public policy, human rights, terrorism and security


It seems that on 3 June 2011, Ilyas Kashmiri, veteran of the Soviet-Afghan war, leader of the Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami and possible successor to Osama bin Laden as head of Al Qaeda, and whom bin Laden reportedly asked to assassinate United States President Barack Obama, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region. Only a few days later, on 8 June 2011, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, subject of an Interpol arrest warrant for his suspected participation in the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, was killed along with another person following a firefight at a Mogadishu security checkpoint. Yet another key Al Qaeda operative, Atiya Abdul Rahman, second-in-command under new leader Ayman Al Zawahiri, seems to have been killed on 22 August 2011 in Pakistan by a US drone, as later confirmed by Al Zawahiri in a video message. This was soon followed by the killing of American radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, Al Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula chief of external operations, on 30 September 2011 in Yemen by an air-to-ground Hellfire missile launched from a US drone. Also killed was Samir Khan, the editor of Inspire, an English language online extreme Islamist magazine, who was perhaps the most influential propagandist for Al Qaeda.

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