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Dummy minefields are areas marked with mine warning signs which do not actually
contain mines. The purpose being to achieve land denial without actually laying
It should be noted that acceptance of this kind does not carry with it any guarantee
of popular support. The Iraqi Army, for instance, was reviled by a large part
of the population and had a high percentage of unwilling conscripts – nonetheless
it was treated by the Coalition Force as a real army and strategy designed accordingly.
“Deep strike” and similar terminology are not necessarily accepted military terms,
but are employed by the author for their clarity of meaning to non-military readers.
“Remote” as distinct from manually laid.
Karez – stone-lined underwater irrigation tunnels which tap the water table and
provide a complex supply of irrigation and drinking water in many areas
Mines lifted by Mines Advisory Group teams and other organizations in Iraq,
Cambodia, Afghanistan, Kuwait and other countries bear testimony to the fact that
few military customers pay for the detection insert option.
These witness reports are taken from the The Coward's War, based on a survey by the
British NGO Mines Advisory Group, available in French from HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL.
Brigadier A. P. V. Rogers, OBE, Army Legal Services, solicitor. Brigadier Rogers was a
member of the United Kingdom delegation at the UN Conventional Weapons
Conference 1979–1981 and spokesman for the delegation in the mines working
group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for
Military Law and the Law of War and chairman of the committee for military
instruction of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. He has written
various articles on the law of armed con flict and is currently working in his spare
time on a thesis entitled Law on the Battlefield. This paper contains the personal
views of the author and it does not necessarily re flect United Kingdom Government
A Commentary on the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines,
Booby-traps, and Other Devices, Military Law and Law of War Review (1987) and
Mines, Booby-traps and Other Devices, International Review of the Red Cross
The technical aspects and medical effects of delayed action weapons were discussed
at a conference of experts called by the ICRC in 1973 and encapsulated in a report
entitled “Weapons that May Cause Unnecessary Suffering or Have Indiscriminate
Effects”, ICRC, 1973.
Although mines at sea were regulated by Hague Convention VIII of 1907.
Article 35 of Protocol I merely lays down general principles.