A guy I met who had served in the US Military in Iraq told me the following unbelievable story: in Iraq, he claimed, a person can get court permission to kill someone who has wronged them. He has to go before a judge and prove that the person in question did something severely wrong, humiliating, or unjust. If the judge agrees the offense was bad enough, he will issue that person a license to kill the other person, and he can set about trying to do that without the target having any warning. This sounds like what I would have to call a 'military legend' (an urban legend confined to military circles). I googled a few things but couldn't find anything. "Legal killing" gets automatically attached to Bush, etc. Anyone know enough about Iraqi law to rule the existence of such a thing out?