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UN rapporteur: “The killing of General Soleimani was unlawful”

People carry portraits of late Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad Airport, in Baghdad on January 2, 2021, at the site of their killing. On January 3, 2021, Iraq will mark the first anniversary of the killing of Iran's top security and intelligence commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that was authorized by US President Trump. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

On the morning of January the third 2020, the world woke up to the news that top Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani had been martyred in Baghdad by a US drone strike, killing General Soleimani, and his entourage.

The Assassination took place as Lieutenant General Soleimani had arrived in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government as part of his ongoing mission to fight terrorism in the region that saw the Daesh group firmly in the sights of the Iranian military hero.

The killing of General Soleimani was unlawful, as UN rapporteur Agnes Kalamar clearly pointed out in her report following the assassination, suggesting a legal case against the perpetrators was the way forward.

With the ultimate decision to perform the strike on the convoy of General Soleimani lying solely with the US president, it seems that Iran has a clear case against Trump for the charge of a war crime, as there was no justification for the killing as confirmed in the UN report.

However, the fact that the assassination took place and very little has been done on an international scale to condemn the murder, appears to have given the green light to other nations to take illegal actions against Iran.

In particular, the recent example of the killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh  with officials stating that there have been strong indications that the Israeli regime had been involved in the attack.

Yes, certainly there has to be accountability for this, this violent and illegal assassination of General Soleimani, the United States, of course has always felt that it is above the law, doesn't have to maintain any kind of respect for international law or human rights. And that is one of the reasons that the Donald Trump administration proceeded with this assassination.

However, this sends the wrong message to the world community that if the United States can get away with it then anyone can get away with it. So this must be pursued in the international courts. It's interesting to see that Iran is doing just that.

 Robert Fantino, Author and Journalist

As the anniversary passes, Iran has clearly stated that it will pursue its legal duty to fight for justice for the assassination of General Soleimani, and the memory of the talented and much respected general will live on forever in the hearts of those seeking to continue his mission of making the region, a safer place to live.

The humiliating defeat for Donald Trump that saw Joe Biden reap a landslide victory is a sign of just how poor the decisions made have been perceived by the people of the US.

As the commander in chief of the US military his decision to call the strike on General Soleimani was the decision that severely dented his international reputation. But as his last few days in office approach, US boats in the Persian Gulf have started maneuvers in the region, suggesting that Trump is looking for one last act of power play prior to his departure.

But for Iran, the most wicked act of all has yet to be dealt with. The assassination of General Soleimani has yet to yet to be avenged and is something that Iran has stated cannot be rushed and will happen in a matter of time.

I think we can say that, currently, Iran is taking action against the United States by pursuing this assassination in the courts. Someone must be held responsible and accountable for the assassination. Iran is going through the proper channels to do so. That is certainly one method that Iran can take to rectify this situation, the United States the other hand, if it's going to invade Iran, it's going to happen in the next 19 days when, which is the last of Donald Trump's administration, while I don't expect things will be improved greatly under a Biden ministration they will certainly improve somewhat probably to the reinstatement of the JCPOA.

Robert Fantino, Author and Journalist

But for Lieutenant General Soleimani, the hero of people from across the region and the rest of the world, his ongoing work has been continued by devoted followers and freedom fighters from Iraq to Syria, from Palestine to Yemen, and this continuity will be one of the best forms of revenge.

Furthermore, with General Soleimani being a champion of fighting terrorism in the region, as well as resisting the US presence in the area, It seems that the sweetest Revenge of all has been the victory over the US backed Daesh group, and the American assets in the region leaving the area, providing a safe, free and healthy living environment for the people of the region.

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