Russia Has More Legal High Ground Than the U.S. in Syria

So argues Adil Ahmad Haque in his article on Newsweek:

In plain terms, the U.S. may have a legal right to protect non-state partner forces who are exclusively “conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations,” but has no legal right to protect non-state partner forces who are pursuing regime change or other political objectives.

There is no right of collective self-defense of non-state actors, and the right of collective self-defense of other states only justifies measures that are necessary and proportionate means of achieving legitimate defensive aims.

For this reason, among others, the mixed motives of the U.S.-led coalition and its non-state partners compromise the legal basis of their military operations and draw them into conflict with Russia—both legally and militarily.

Read the whole piece here.

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