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  • n. Plural form of noncombatant.

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Examples

  • Attacks against noncombatants, that is, civilians and military personnel who at the time of the incident were unarmed and/or not on duty, are judged as terrorist attacks.

    On Objectivity

  • It erodes the distinction between combatants and noncombatants, which is critical to the theory of justice in war (jus in bello).

    The New York Review of Books

  • We are to believe that these "noncombatants" are out of harm's way and free from casualties by roadside bombs, suicide bombers or open hostilities.

    Stanley Kutler: Our Enabling Media

  • Some two-thirds were women, the very young, the old, the handicapped: time porters, nurses, whatever kind of noncombatants were required.

    There Will Be Time

  • After President Karzai's angry denunciation, and the results of his team's investigation was released, the U.S. military altered its account slightly, admitting that only 25 Taliban fighters had actually died as well as five Afghans identified as "noncombatants," including a woman and two children.

    Pacific Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Progressive opinion, dissident news

  • BREAKDOWN IN COMMON SENSE AND DISCIPLINE: TOO COMMON IN HISTORY OF WAR yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'BREAKDOWN IN COMMON SENSE AND DISCIPLINE: TOO COMMON IN HISTORY OF WAR'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Whether it is Douglass MacArthur or recent American generals and officers in Iraq or Afghanistan, THE USA MILITARY machine continues to ignore facts on the ground, such as noncombatants on the ground when carrying out warmaking.

    BREAKDOWN IN COMMON SENSE AND DISCIPLINE: TOO COMMON IN HISTORY OF WAR

  • Not that the lack of a war crime means you are excused from taking very seriously the moral need to minimize such noncombatants killings to the extent possible.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Yoo and Bybee Rulings

  • Intentionally targeting noncombatants can be a war crime.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Yoo and Bybee Rulings

  • Killing noncombatants as an incident to a lawful military action, say because they were near a combatant you lawfully targeted with an explosive device, is usually not going to be a war crime.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Yoo and Bybee Rulings

  • Who wanted to devote energy to such a nasty, unromantic affair, one that involved incessant hunting and chasing, burning lodges, killing noncombatants, and slaughtering ponies?

    Between War and Peace

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