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1President Obama legal authority to order operation Geronimo and to execute the planStudent’s NameInstitutional NameInstructors NameCourseDate of Submission
2President Obama legal authority to order operation Geronimo and to execute the plan.The Geronimo operation was aimed at capturing or killing Osama bin Laden who was the most wanted man in the world then. The operation was undertaken by two teams of 12 Navy SEALS who had been ordered by the U.S president then Barrack Obama. The paper will discuss the legalground president Obama had to order operation Geronimo and to execute the plan. The death of Osama bin Laden in the hands of the Navy SEALS raised a lot of questions concerning its legality. The operation has been argued to be a law enforcement mission which ought to be judged under law standard of human rights (Soherwordi & Khattak, 2011). Enforcement of law in other country’s territory without its express consent has been barred by the International law. The killing of Bin Laden can be evaluated under the rules in the law of armed conflict which permits commanders and enemy fighters to be killed on sight with exception of voluntary surrender or physical incapacitation. In cases where the killing is likely to take place away from the battle ground or where the opponent is not resisting actively, then there are four core warfare principles to justify that the operation was legally relevant (Cox & Wood, 2017). First is the principle of necessity. This is just that the killing is not meant for revenge. The use of force should be intended to bring hostilities to a successful end complying with other laws of armed conflict. Secondly is the principle of distinction where the force used must against a military objective and not directed against protected civilians or objects. Proportionality is the third principle where the attack conducted on valid military target may harm a civilian as long the

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