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Implications of International Laws, The U.S. strike in Iraq that killed Soleimani was in violation of UN norms proscribing such unilateral use of force

What does the law say?

  • Under international law, there is a general prohibition on the use of force, articulated in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter.
  • The Article proscribes any use of force by members against the “territorial integrity or political independence” of a state

Exceptions to the law

  • Implications of International Laws, Use of force by a state in the lawful exercise of its right to self- defence
  • When such an act is carried out with the prior authorisation of the UN Security Council (UNSC)
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