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Response to Terrorism: Legal Aspects of the Use of Military Force

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Publication Date: September 2001

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21009

Topic: Law and ethics (International law)


The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, has precipitated widespread calls for the use of military force in response. Under U.S. and international law a variety of legal considerations attach to such use. This report briefly summarizes several salient aspects.