The Iraqi judiciary has decided to issue an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump for involvement in the assassination of Iranian General Qassam Soleimani and Deputy Shiite Commander Hashd al-Shaabi Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Such a decision was expected given the outcome of the US election and last night’s events on Capitol Hill.
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Rafaz’s Baghdad investigative court has announced that the arrest warrant for US President Trump was issued under Article 406 of the Iraqi Criminal Code.
General Qassam Soleimani, for whose death, according to Iraqi authorities, is responsible Donald Trump, was killed on January 3 last year in an airstrike carried out by U.S. forces in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The killing sparked a violent reaction from Iran, which then launched a rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq, injuring large numbers of U.S. troops.
Soleimani was the head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG), which led secret operations outside the country.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the deputy leader of the PMF, the Iraqi People’s Mobilization Force, and the Shiite paramilitary force, was also killed in the attack.
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A warrant has been issued for an indictment stating premeditated murder that entails the death penalty. While this warrant is unlikely to be realized, it has symbolic weight in the final days of the Trump presidency.
The U.S. considered the IRCG a terrorist organization, and after Soleimani’s assassination, the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military had carried out an attack to protect U.S. personnel abroad.
A few days before the drone attack and Soleimani’s assassination, protesters led by Soleimani attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, and the Pentagon then said Suleimani had given approval for the raid, which was also confirmed by Trump.
The Iraqi arrest warrant has only further aggravated the already strained relations between Iraq and the US, and will certainly provoke a fast diplomatic reaction from Washington.