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.”
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As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.
On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.
The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.
The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”
Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.
As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.
American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”
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