Warrant issued in connection with the killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force, and Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
A court in Baghdad has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump in connection with the killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force, and Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the Associated Press reported. The court said the murder investigation is ongoing.
One of Iran’s most powerful officials, Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite Iranian Quds Force unit, was killed on the night of January 3, 2020, near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq during a US special operation: it was being prepared on the personal orders of President Trump. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was killed with him that day.
The publication points out that the issuance of an arrest warrant is more of a symbolic gesture. It is unlikely that any country in the world would extradite Trump to Iraq. However, Trump faces the death penalty under the indictment, and Iraq has traditionally been considered a regional ally of Washington since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.
The airstrike came days after Shiite groups linked to the IRGC tried to storm the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces used tear gas to defend themselves, and guards inside the embassy threw stun grenades to disperse protesters.
Shortly before the assault, the U.S. had carried out airstrikes against Shiite group bases in Syria and Iraq. State Department officials called it “defensive strikes” in response to a missile attack on a military base near Kirkuk. A U.S. contract worker was killed then. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said that the U.S. had violated the country’s sovereignty by its actions.
The Pentagon confirmed that the military launched the operation to eliminate Iranian General Soleimani at the behest of Donald Trump. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif then called the killing of the Qods commander an act of international terrorism.