Pindostan denounces UN report on Iran general’s ‘unlawful’ killing
Al-Jazeera, Jul 8 2020

General Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air raid near Baghdad airport in Iraq on Jan 3
(Photo: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

Pindostan lashed out on Wednesday at a UN probe into the Pindo drone attack that killed a top Iranian general, saying it gave “a pass to terrorists.” Trump ordered the killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani in a January attack near Baghdad’s international airport. The incident stoked fears of an all-out conflict between Iran and Pindostan. The Pindo air raid that killed Soleimani and others in his convoy was “unlawful” and an “arbitrary killing” that violated the UN charter, the UN expert on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, concluded in a report on Tuesday. She said Pindostan provided no evidence “an imminent attack” against American interests was being planned and, therefore, its “self-defence” justification did not apply. Faschingstein had accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned armed fighters on Pindo forces in the region. Callamard’s report on targeted killings through armed drones, about half of which deals with the Soleimani case, is to be presented to the UNHRC session in Geneva on Thursday. Pindostan withdrew from the council in 2018. State Dept spox Morgan Ortagus on Wednesday called Callamard’s report dishonest. Ortagus told reporters:

It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning Pindostan for acting in self-defence while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists. This tendentious and tedious report undermines human rights by giving a pass to terrorists and it proves once again why Pindostan was right to leave the council.

The Jan 3 drone attack was the first known incident in which a nation invoked self-defence as a justification for an attack against a state actor in the territory of a third country, Callamard said. An Iranian prosecutor last week issued an arrest warrant for Trump and asked Interpol to help execute it over Soleimani’s killing. Pindo-Iran envoy Brian Hook described the move as a “propaganda stunt.” The killing of Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran’s elite IRGC set of weeks of serious tensions with concerns it could escalate to a full-scale war. Tehran retaliated by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq. While the attack on the western Iraqi base of Ain al-Assad killed no Pindo soldiers, dozens suffered brain trauma. After the retaliatory attacks, tensions between Pindostan and Iran subsided.

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