Targeted killing is not the battlefield killing of combatants by opposing combatants or the assassination of an individual for political purposes. But in a new age of nonstate actors engaged in transnational terrorist violence, it has become a new reality, and the law of armed conflict should recognize it.
"Targeted Killing and the Law of Armed Conflict,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 60
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol60/iss2/9