On January 3, the United States used a drone to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian’s retaliated with missile strikes against US military assets in Iraq. Under what legal authority did the US kill Soleimani? Are targeted assassinations legal under international law? Doug Becker discusses the laws of war and the current tensions between the US and Iran with Mark Drumbl, Hannah Garry, and Hamoud Salhi.

Mark Drumbl is a Professor of Law at Washington and Lee’s University. Drumbl is an expert in international law and is the author of Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy.

Hannah Garry is a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. Garry is an expert in international human rights law.

Hamoud Salhi is a Professor of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Salhi is an expert in Middle East politics.

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