Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Legitimate targets

About that trove of documents recovered from the Abu Sayyaf raid:
The materials also revealed new details about how the Islamic State has allocated revenue from oil production. About half goes to the group’s general operating budget; the remainder is split roughly between maintaining the oil-field production facilities and for salaries to the workers, American officials said.

These workers, once thought possibly to be conscripted locals, are now believed to be salaried Islamic State employees, thus making them legitimate targets, officials said.
So an oil worker whose facility is captured by ISIS and continues to work because he needs to feed his family is now a "combatant" who can be slaughtered at will by the U.S. and its allies? Does that mean that ISIS can legitimately target any American oil workers or any other American civilian worker so long as they are not slave laborers?