The United States has the legal and constitutional authority to continue attacking ‘Iranian proxies’, in Iraq or even on Iran’s home soil, in response to attacks against US troops, Defence Secretary Mark Esper has said.

“We hold Iran responsible for its proxies, and we will retain the right to exercise self-defence and take action where legally available and appropriate to hold those proxies accountable for their actions,” the Pentagon chief said, speaking to NPR.

According to Esper, President Trump is entitled to attack Iran under Article 2 of the US Constitution, which gives the president the power to unilaterally engage in military actions in the event of an ‘attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”

The president’s rights are also backed up by the Authorization for Use of Millitary Force (AUMF), the legal measure passed by Congress in 2001 following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Esper suggested.

The latter document has been renewed annually for nearly two decades, and used to justify US wars and military deployments around the globe, from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Philippines, Georgia, Yemen, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

Esper also again defended the Trump administration’s decision to target General Soleimani, saying the Iranian commander became a “compelling target to take out” because “there was complete agreement based on what he had done and what he was planning to do.” Soleimani, Esper claimed, had “the blood of hundreds of American soldiers and Marines on his hands.”

The latter assertion, including the claim that Iran provided Iraqi militias with arms to attack the US after the 2003 invasion, remains questionable. However, there is substantive and documented evidence to suggest that Soleimani actually indirectly assisted US efforts against Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda* in Afghanistan and by targeting Wahhabi terrorists in the campaigns against Daesh (ISIS)* in Iraq and Syria.

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Source: Sputnik

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Lies. You have Zero authority. Kick this warmonger Esper to the curb. No more Covert wars.

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Just read the Hague Convention aka International Law about War.
He’s telling the truth. It’s written black on white in!
I agree with you : enough of wars by proxies : nations shall act according to the Hague Convention thus attacking the proxies backers/funders/handlers.

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i like that idea of a million man march on the military bases…..surround the bases and start physically dismantling the place…..where the eat…..where they sleep…..where they cook food……do laundry…..where the shower….where they relax….allow one protected route out…..some will be killed….”but the price they pay i think will be worth it”…….

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Let me introduce you to CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1__DS94pz1o It’s roughly a 430kg bomb with 202 submunitions. B-1B Lancer’s payload is 57 tons, F-15E carries 10.5t, Super-Hornet carries 8t and F-16 carries 7.7t… Do your maths… US MLRS salvos with cluster ammos are pretty interesting too : a salvo from a single launcher obliterates 1 km²… Remember : If you kill one, it’s a murder. If you kill 100, it’s a mass murder. If you kill one million, it’s statistics. Moreover, Iraqis are not exactly pro-Iran and they’re not really feeling like having another war on their soil… Remember… Read more »

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Seems Iran has moral Authority to burn our invading butts!

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Yes Iran has the moral high ground as does Syria. I can not support these illegal covert wars, regime changes, stealing resources, slaughterings, cowardly hit jobs and sanctions. Furthermore I am tired of the State department and congress telling me what are my interests and values. I reject all their lies and evil deeds.

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Like when Iran co-plotted 9-11 together with Osama? Or when Hezbollah did terrorist attacks in about 40 countries, receiving its orders from Khamenei or Khomeini? Furthermore I am tired of the State department and congress too : I prefer letting the DoD doing its job, and EU should act too as we had much more Iranian terrorist attacks on our soil than USA. Hezbollah is also massively smuggling cocaine into the EU. This shall not go unpunished.

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LOL, George King! Those who swear by a cult which’s book incites genocides while this cult has killed 750 millions human over 1400 years have no morals.Only the Malaria is worst.