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Part II, 11 Iraq (2003 onwards)

Michael N Schmitt

From: International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 April 2024

Conduct of hostilities — Belligerence — Occupation — Armed conflict, international — Detention
Any effort to understand the conflict in Iraq that began in March 2003 must begin by considering events that occurred over a decade earlier. On 2 August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Following a request for assistance from the Amir of Kuwait, numerous States began deploying military forces into the region pursuant to the law of self-defence, specifically collective defence, enshrined in article 51 of the United Nations Charter.1 After condemning the invasion as a ‘breach of international peace and security’ and demanding withdrawal,2 the Security Council mandated...
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