How international law seeks to define, and limit, the right to self-defence has been analysed through the ages.5 It is not the intention of this article either to 4 Anticipatory self-defence allows for reaction when an attack is imminent. The UN Security Council supports this interpretation of self-defence, see Report of the High Level Panel
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The Security Council has been skeptical about explicit unilateral claims of preemptive self-defense. In 1981 the Council condemned Israel’s preemptive strike against Iraq, 4 in part as follows: Deeply concerned about the danger to international peace and security created by the premeditated Israeli air attack on Iraqi nuclear installations on 7 June 1981, which could
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