According to IraqiNews, which cites a Baghdad news outlet, the Iraqi Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant for former US President Donald Trump for the murder of Iran’s Quds Force commander, Qasem Soleimani, on Iraqi soil.
A drone strike near the Baghdad airport in January 2020 claimed the lives of both Soleimani and another Iraqi militia leader, the chief of staff of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq. The warrant was issued on Thursday in connection with their deaths.
Iranian attacks against the American base at Aia Al-Assad in Iraq were the result of that assassination mission.
The warrant for Trump’s arrest alleges that he planned to kill somebody. The death penalty is applied in cases of this kind, even when the warrant is obviously symbolic.
According to the court, the investigation into the killing is still underway, according to AP.
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Faiq Zaidban, the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, urged Baghdad to hold Trump “accountable for this heinous crime,” according to IraqiNews, which cited the Baghdad Today news agency.
Likewise, in November, the speaker of the Iraqi parliament admitted that Iranian-backed militias had kidnapped and killed hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians between 2014 and 2016.
Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest oil producer, is stuck between rivals Iran and the United States, while Iran’s power has exploded since Saddam Hussein was overthrown in 2003 after an American invasion.
In October, Iraq’s parliament appointed a new pro-Iranian prime minister, breaking a long deadlock. Pro-Iranian parties currently rule the country after Shi’ite adversary Moqtada al Sadr, who had been crippling the government with anti-Iranian rallies, was cast aside.
The leader of an umbrella organisation that brought together pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, which enjoyed government support as a loosely defined member of the Iraqi armed forces, was a PMF figure who was assassinated on orders from Trump.