TRIALS BY FIRE - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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TRIALS BY FIRE - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Other Countries Use Targeted KillingsThe US is not the only country that has lethally attacked terrorist groups andindividuals in the name of national security.Since at least the 1970s, the State of Israel has utilizedspecial tactical units and missile strikes toeliminate terrorists responsible for attacks uponIsraeli civilians and Jewish targets.Beginning in late 2007, Turkey has occasionallymounted air assaults into Iraqi territory in an effortto eliminate Kurdish militants that menace theTurkish state. In February 2008, Turkish groundforces entered Iraq for the same purpose. 256In February 2008, Columbia attempted to crush theRevolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC)by attacking the leftist terrorist group’s bases in Ecuador.During its offensive, Columbia killed at leastone of FARC’s top leaders hiding in the neighboringcountry. 257

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