In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS targets in these areas. In the US legal questions remain about the scope of the president's power under the Constitution, the War Powers Act and the Authorization for Use of Military Force to take military action against IS. The international community, meanwhile, has expressed concern over human rights violations committed by IS in territories under its control. Ultimately, recent actions taken by IS, particularly its governance of the territory under its control, raise broader questions of statehood recognition.

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10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners

10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria killed ten civilians: rights group

09/12/2014: Germany passed bill banning support of Islamic State

08/30/2014: Lebanon official urged punishment for Islamic State flag burning

08/25/2014: UN rights chief cited potential war crimes in Iraq

07/18/2014: UN reported possible war crimes in Iraq

07/12/2014: HRW: Iraq forces summarily executed Sunni prisoners

06/26/2014: HRW reported mass executions in Iraq


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