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AUGUST 2020

UN Investigation Finds US Soleimani Killing “Unlawful” As There Was “No Evidence” Of Imminent Threat

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

The United Nations released the results of an investigation into the January 3rd US drone strike on Iran’s top IRGC general Qasem Soleimani calling the killing  “unlawful” on Tuesday.

The report by Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, further concluded it violated the UN charter and deemed it an “arbitrary killing” — especially given, according to her findings, there exists no evidence that Soleimani was planning an imminent attack on the United States or its personnel.

UN Investigation Finds US Soleimani Killing "Unlawful" As There Was "No Evidence" Of Imminent Threat
Via Reuters

In the days and weeks after the targeted assassination which set the region on war footing, and which shocked the world, the Trump administration and especially Mike Pompeo and Pentagon leadership cited precisely that US soldiers in the Middle East were facing “imminent” attack under orders from Gen. Soleimani.

The UN report highlighted that never before has a member nation claimed ‘right to self-defense’ as rationale for killing a state official in a third country.

Some of the UN report highlights, which will be presented before a UN Human Rights session (a UN body that the US pulled out of two years ago) on Thursday, are as follows

Arbitrary killing:

“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 (international human rights law), the US is responsible.”

Violated UN charter, given there was—

“insufficient evidence provided of an ongoing or imminent attack,” Callamard wrote.

No evidence of imminent attack plotted on the US:

“No evidence has been provided that General Soleimani specifically was planning an imminent attack against US interests, particularly in Iraq, for which immediate action was necessary and would have been justified.”

Strike “unnecessary” and “unlawful”:

“No evidence has been provided that a drone strike in a third country was necessary or that the harm caused to that country was proportionate to the harm allegedly averted.

“Soleimani was in charge of Iran’s 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.”

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Of course, any potential punitive recommendations against Washington will only ever be merely symbolic. Iran will, however, make much of it in its media as well as in any potential unlawful killing international lawsuit against the US and decision-makers in the Trump administration. Tehran has already demanded massive compensation for the killing from the US.

The US has taken issue from the start over Soleimani being considered by many European countries as a ‘state official’. Washington has instead deemed he and the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as terrorists, and thus legitimate targets of US military action.

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  • Zionism = EVIL

    The dumbass cowardly Americunt arsehole losers assassinated a decent honest soldier diplomat and are now facing far worse future in the region as the next generation of the Axis of Resistance is even more determined to finish off the Zionist cancer. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b939fb3da178d924077c25555659a9773d1f82fb98590b7d88139ec3e85a11e7.jpg

  • Free man

    It is better if the mullahs regime will deal with the famine in Iran and the underground movement that blows up sensitive facilities.
    The living shahid is dead already.

    • Ashok Varma

      You are a very ignorant and bitter troll. But Iran exports food even to India and its exports are booming. I love Iranian gaaz,, we can even buy it in Delhi. Educate yourself than live in self-destructive hate. Iranian dairy products and vegetables are of the highest quality and exported all over the Persian Gulf, Armenia, China and Russia even.

      Iran’s Food Exports Booming

      The share of food and processing industries’ exports in Iran’s total non-oil exports in terms of value in H1 increased by 7% YOY

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e35419d860af51813b6a426ec03d5ae50d1b64691f830851f3829c1633956c0.jpg

      • Concrete Mike

        Nice rebuttal, waste of time with that creature, he is blinded by shekel$.

        • Ashok Varma

          Thank you. Some of these trolls are just plain ignorant and malicious and need to be educated in rational Boolean logic than blind hate. Wonder what creates such vile creatures?

          • Laurent Parodi

            Propaganda and hate create them. They are trolls. Trying to discuss with them is a complete waste of time. I block all of them. At least I don t see toxic comments anymore.

          • Cromwell

            You can’t educate them,they have been lobotomized with the brain of an ape.

      • Free man

        How what you write helps most Iranian citizens who are below the poverty line and cannot make ends meet ?
        It is clear that wealthy Iranians like you who are close to the mullahs have no financial problems.

        • d’Artagnan

          You are a clueless angry liar and have zero credibility and you are not aware of anything real. He is Indian, but then again you are just ignorant. I am Armenian and have nothing but respect for Iran and its friendly people.

          • Free man

            He says he is Indian, but writes only about Iran and Iranian life, as the mullahs regime’s propaganda wants to portray.
            Read a little about the Iranian economy before reciting nonsense.

          • Potato Man

            Iran was and still is under sanction which wouldn’t let Iranian to make deal with other countries such EU or some Asian countries bud. So when you are talking about Iran economy do remember that after all this BS they still doing better and ofc wouldn’t sanction is would be in much much better place.
            Name a country that have been sanction for this long from the world? Which is doing better than Iran…I wait.

          • Free man

            Cuba.

          • Ronald

            Cuba only does better because of Canadian tourists.
            Cuba and Iran do share the consequences of sanctions and also share the supreme intelligence of educating their people.
            Iran has a higher literacy rate than the US, and graduates more engineers. per year. That is why they are a threat to Salafist Islam.
            Cuba supplies doctors to much of Central and South America.
            You claim to be “Free”, you might try visiting both, it might open your eyes, or do you make enough as a pen for hire.

          • rightiswrong rightiswrong

            Look at the US economy ffs, why are you so interested in a nation who don’t loot stores and shoot each other for a place in the McDonalds line.

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          US citizens go looting, while most people go shopping.

          Remind us again, just how rich is the USA, and if it’s so rich, then why are its people looting shops, trying to cash their food vouchers?

    • rightiswrong rightiswrong

      The Yanks are looting stores all across their nation, signs indeed of mass poverty and deprivation.
      They tear down the symbols of US power,, openly hating the evil b’stards in DC, nearly as much as the rest of the world hate them.

      You are one thick muppet talking about poverty when you have as much homelessness and poverty as the US has.
      Do you live on Skid Row also?

      • Free man

        But America, but America….
        But at the same time people like you will give their right hand to get Green Card.

        • rightiswrong rightiswrong

          Don’t be such a knob, I wouldn’t live in that shit-hole if you paid me.
          Who wants to live in such poverty and violence ffs.

          Assholes like yourself just love to make up such girly statements ffs, it must be as your bent as an S hook.

  • verner

    yep, should be ample ground for the ICC to start proceedings and have trump and some more white house morons on the court’s docket and should actually be quite sufficient for interpool to revisit its earlier decision on the arrest-order, which was denied since it was deemed ‘political’ when in fact just an outright murder.

    but recall the browder arrest order issued by Russia and which was denied.

    • Ashok Varma

      US actions amount to murderous criminality by any standards and UN has acknowledged it.

  • Lone Ranger

    So will the UN sanction the U.S. or what?
    At this point I cant take them seriously, they will try to appease both the U.S. and China, they should pick a side first…
    Interestingly they always blame Russia and Israel whenever they can.
    But all that said the U.S. could be a bit more humble, it wouldnt hurt them.
    They have totally forgotten what diplomacy means.
    They only know cowboy diplomacy, which wont succed against major and superpowers.

    • d’Artagnan

      US is in a defacto undeclared war against Iran since 1979, but the new phase is more desperate and ominous. I am certain Iran will defeat this too.

    • Cromwell

      America has been a gangster state all my life.

  • d’Artagnan

    US is a rogue regime and an international outlaw. Trump and his cohorts need to face the ICC which US is trying to scuttle.

  • Cromwell

    So when are the arrest warrants going out?

    • verner

      it will be some time – remember when ICC said a few weeks ago that it intended to start an investigation into war crimes committed by the yankee-twats in afghanistan and israel’s repeated war crimes in palestine, pompeo had a hissy fit and promised death and destruction to all officers of the court if they persisted. and this won’t change the tune of pompeo, but and if trump is de-seated in the election he might find himself unable to visit his golfclub in scotland and never to visit paris again or rome I even doubt that mohammed bin salman would receive him in Saudi.

  • Ronald

    Soleimani could have been arrested as he went through customs, and faced the courts if the US had any ‘evidence’ whatsoever but was not. He was assassinated by Pompeo and those who command him, as he was on a diplomatic mission between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    Only My Lai in Vietnam was more disgusting, as it revealed the killing of innocent women and children was standard fare.