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The legal basis for the invasion of Afghanistan

Published Friday, February 26, 2010

The military campaign in Afghanistan was not specifically mandated by the UN, but was widely (although not universally) perceived to be a legitimate form of self-defence under the UN Charter. This note outlines the self-defence justification for military action.

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The military campaign in Afghanistan was not specifically mandated by the UN, but was widely (although not universally) perceived to be a legitimate form of self-defence under the UN Charter. This note outlines the self-defence justification for military action.

Commons Briefing papers SN05340

Authors: Ben Smith; Arabella Lang

Topics: Afghanistan, International law, Military operations, United Nations

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