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law of war

rules or a code of rules governing the rights and duties of belligerents in an international war.
Origin of law of war
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To receive testimony on legal issues regarding military commissions and the trial of detainees for violations of the law of war.
  • According to the law of war, an enemy combatant may be held until the end of hostilities.

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