Iraq issues an arrest warrant for the US President for the killing of Iranian General Soleimani in January 2020. Iran has also applied for an international manhunt for him.
After Iran, Iraq is now also trying to prosecute US President Donald Trump for killing Iranian top general Ghassem Soleimani. An Iraqi court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Trump in connection with Soleimani’s killing in Baghdad a year ago. “Other accomplices of this crime, whether Iraqis or foreigners,” would also be identified during the investigation, the Supreme Judicial Council announced after the decision of an investigating judge.
On January 3, 2020, the US Army killed Soleimani in a rocket attack near the Baghdad airport on Trump’s instructions. The influential Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed. Soleimani was the commander of the Al-Kuds Brigades, part of an elite unit of the Iranian armed forces. He coordinated the activities of militias loyal to Iran in Iraq and other countries.
Iran applies to Interpol for a search
On Tuesday, Iran had already requested the international manhunt for Trump and 47 other allegedly involved parties from Interpol. According to the Iranian Ministry of Justice, this includes US commanders and Pentagon representatives as well as American troops in the region.
The missile attack on Soleimani had further increased tensions between the US and Iran. In Iraq, there were several rocket attacks on military bases used by US troops and on the highly secured Green Zone in Baghdad. Among other things, the US embassy is located there. On the anniversary of Soleimani’s killing last Sunday, tens of thousands of Iraqis called for retaliation in a mass protest.