A leading law expert has raised concern over the ambiguity of the federal government's plan to amend domestic laws to give the Australian Defence Force greater power
to target Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Fears changes to Australia's Criminal Code could be a licence to kill civilians in Syria, Iraq

Omar Dabbagh
International law expert Dr Gideon Boas said an overhaul of Australia's domestic law to allow the ADF more freedom to target Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria could have the potential to lead to "excessive civilian damage".
The Monash University academic's comments come after last week's announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on changes to the Criminal Code in regards to bombing the militant group.
The overhaul would protect Australian Defence Force members from being charged with war crimes for bombing IS militants not directly involved in fighting.