"Enemy combatant"

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Concept.png "Enemy combatant" 
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A legal euphemism to create a category of persons who do not qualify for prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Conventions.

The phrase "Enemy combatant" is an enemy image used both to polarise opinion against those who are so labelled, but also in an effort to avoid legal problems such as the rights of prisoners of war.

Origins

This circumlocution was applied after the 9-11 event, just as "Disarmed Enemy Forces" was used after World War II.[1]

Dropping the term?

Barack Obama reportedly announced that the US government would drop the term.[2]



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