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enemy combatant


any member of the armed forces of a state with which another state is at war; also, any person in an armed conflict, including terrorism, who could be properly detained under the laws and customs of war


The term "enemy combatant" actually refers to persons the United States regards as unlawful combatants, a category of persons who do not qualify for prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Conventions.

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  • If I were you, I'd be thinking very hard about how to convince us that you are not an enemy combatant.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow

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