UN Says U.S. Broke International Law In Killing Soleimani
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions Agnes Callamard says the U.S. broke international law in killing Iranian Quds Force, a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, General Qasem Soleimani. Callamard’s report was submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday and it will likely be discussed during a meeting planned for Thursday, according to Business Insider.
“Accordingly, in light of the evidence that the US has provided to date, the targeting of General Soleimani, and the deaths of those accompanying him, constitute an arbitrary killing for which, under IHRL, the US is responsible,” the report concluded, noting that the U.S. had “insufficient evidence provided of an ongoing or imminent attack” on U.S. officials in Iraq.
“Major General Soleimani was in charge of Iran military strategy, and actions, in Syria and Iraq. But absent an actual imminent threat to life, the course of action taken by the US was unlawful,” the report added.
Soleimani and his associates were killed in a U.S. targeted drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on January 2 after the U.S. had learned of his plans to conduct “imminent and sinister attacks” on Americans in the region.
He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and American-allies and thousands wounded in the region, according to the Pentagon.
The Pentagon also deemed Soleimani responsible for orchestrating attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad through Iranian-backed militias just days before he was killed.
“As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens,” President Donald Trump said in his speech the day after the attack. “Last night at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”
Trump added, “Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous. To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American: We will find you. We will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies. For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Qods force under Soleimani’s leadership has targeted, injured and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen.”