Extrajudicial assassination of General Soleimani

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TEHRAN – General Soleimani was assassinated on Friday, January 3, 2020, around 1:00 a.m. local time by a United States drone strike near Baghdad International Airport. Donald Trump, the U.S. ex-president, said they had expected an imminent attack by Iran.

The then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran was planning actions that threatened U.S. citizens. But it was a huge lie. Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations prohibits the use of force except under two circumstances; When the U.N. Security Council authorizes the strike and when a country acts in self-defense. If a strike is anticipated but has not yet occurred, self-defense is called anticipatory self-defense, which should be distinguished from preventive self-defense. It seeks to halt a future threat, often in the absence of precise information. As a doctrine, anticipatory self-defense is still in flux. It…

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