Casus Belli

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Casus Belli

 

a term used in diplomacy to designate an event or fact serving as a direct formal ground or pretext for the declaration of a state of war. For example, the casus belli for World War I was the murder in Sarajevo of the Austrian archduke Ferdinand.

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JUBA: Sudan carried out a deadly airstrike on a refugee camp in neighboring South Sudan Thursday, just hours after the south's president accused Khartoum of seeking a pretext for war, officials said.
Tehran, Sept 12 (ANI): As millions of Americans remembered 3,000 men, women and children killed in the 9/11 attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his claims that the US staged the attacks as a pretext for war.
And if, as seems probable, Bibi Netanyahu again becomes prime minister of Israel, he and a President McCain will find a pretext for war on Iran.
Plan "A" involved "wrong-footing" Saddam into providing a legal pretext for war.
Mr Galloway, who is to sue the Telegraph for libel, says intelligence documents found in Baghdad supposedly incriminating him were as false as the dossier on weapons of mass destruction drawn up by No10 as a key pretext for war.
19 editorial that the United States "seems to be looking for a pretext for war.
As international support for Obama's decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes when all else fails: the credibility of the threats of the self-designated policeman of the world," Chomsky told Huffington Post newspaper on Monday.
Five years ago the 47-year-old blonde was a secret operative for the CIA, a dangerous counter-proliferation job linked to the hunt for suspected weapons of mass destruction that were used by the US government as a pretext for war.
The priest "looked out just as the plane clipped all overhead sign and then toppled a light pole, injuring a taxi driver a few feet away," recounts investigative author James Bamford in his new book A Pretext for War.