UN Investigation Says Killing of Soleimani “Unlawful”

A UN investigation into the killing of the Iranian General Soleimani in January was “unlawful” according to international law.

Agnes Callamard, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stated in her report, which was to be submitted to the to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, “To the extent that evidence points to the U.S. and Iranian strikes being retaliations or reprisals, each would be unlawful.”

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus asserted, “It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defense while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists. This tendentious and tedious report undermines human rights by giving a pass to terrorists and it proves once again why America was right to leave”

The report also saying the attack on Iraqi soil violated Iraq’s territorial integrity. However, the State Department argued that, “The strike in Iraq was necessary to achieve these purposes and, given its limited nature, proportionate to that aim,” The Wall Street Journal added.

The US has said they were acting on intelligence that said Soleimani was planning an attack on US diplomats and military personnel.

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