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UN expert calls US killing of Soleimani 'unlawful'

The UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions called the US strike an “arbitrary killing” that threatens to undermine norms of military conflict between countries.
TOPSHOT - Mourners carry the coffins of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and eight others inside the Shrine of Imam Hussein in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala,during a funeral procession on January 4, 2020. - Thousands of Iraqis chanting "Death to America" today as they mourned an Iranian commander and others killed in a US drone attack that sparked fears of a regional proxy war between Washington and Tehran. (Photo by Mohammed SAWAF / AFP) (Pho

A top UN expert said the United States' assassination of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani violated the UN Charter and was not permitted by international law, according to a report released yesterday.

US President Donald Trump ordered the US military to kill Soleimani after reportedly being presented late last year with alternative options to respond to continuing provocations by Iran’s regional proxies in the region.

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