Was the U.S. acting lawfully under the international laws governing the use of armed force?
Sailesh Mehta and Pupil Barrister Helena Spector analyse the killing of the Iranian major general in this week's Law Gazette Practice Points.
On 3 January 2020, Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a targeted US drone strike leaving Baghdad International Airport. Other high-ranking soldiers with political connections were also killed in the strike. On 7 January, Iran had launched missile strikes against two U.S. military bases in Iraq, with no fatalities, and within days, the U.S. filed a formal letter with the United Nations claiming that the Soleimani strike was an act of self-defence in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter.
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