Iraq wants to take legal action against US President Donald Trump for the killing of Iranian top general Qasem Soleimani. An Iraqi court issued an arrest warrant against 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 Quds 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 requested international manhunt
Iran had already applied for an international manhunt for Trump and 47 other allegedly involved parties to the international police authority Interpol on Tuesday. According to the Iranian Justice Department, these include US commanders and Pentagon representatives as well as American troops in the region.
The attack on Soleimani had further increased tensions between the US and Iran. In Iraq there were several rocket attacks on military bases that are used by US troops. The highly secured Green Zone in Baghdad, which includes the US embassy, was also attacked.
On the anniversary of the killing of Soleimani and al-Muhandi last Sunday, tens of thousands of Iraqis called for retaliation in a mass protest.