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UN expert says US attack on top Iranian General violated International Law

Deceased Iranian General Qasem Soleimani

A UN expert says the US attack that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani violated International Law.

Mr. Soleimani died along with 9 other people in a drone strike near Baghdad Airport in Iraq in January.

A report by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Agnes Callamard, says the US had not provided sufficient evidence of an imminent threat to life to justify the attack.

The US State Department accused her of “giving a pass to terrorists”.

Last week, Iran issued arrest warrants for US President Donald Trump and 35 others on charges of murder and terrorism in connection with the killing.

He was seen as the most powerful figure in Iran after its Supreme Leader.

He was in charge of the QUDS Force’s clandestine missions and its provision of guidance, funding, weapons, intelligence, and logistical support to allied governments and armed groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Mr. Trump described Soleimani as “the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world”.

He alleged that under the general’s leadership the QUDS Force had “targeted, injured, and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen” over the past 20 years, and that the general had orchestrated a rocket attack in Iraq in December that killed an American contractor.

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