Iraq's Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant for the former US president Donald Trump for ordering the general's killing Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards and Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iraqi Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), killed on January 3, 2020 at the airport of the capital Baghdad by a US drone. This was reported by the broadcaster "Kurdistan 24", quoting a judicial source. Earlier, Iran also issued a warrant for the former US president's arrest.
On January 3, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the murder, schools and public offices in the governorate of Baghdad remained closed. Several commemorative events have also been organized by pro-Iranian groups outside Iraq, as reported by the "Shafaq" news agency. In this context, the Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al Sudani had declared that "it is necessary to remember the leaders of the victory and their heroism in facing the strongest extremist terrorist group in contemporary history". “Striking them was an act condemned by all international norms and laws. This is why our government is working to establish sovereignty and create an Iraq that is independent in its policies and capable of protecting its people,” the premier reiterated on Twitter.
According to the pan-Arab newspaper "Asharq al Awsat", Soleimani was considered by many in the region as a hero against Western hegemony and the main "protector" of the large Shiite constituencies scattered in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen and Gaza, as well as the Iranian regime's number two in terms of influence and a potential presidential candidate. Following the US raid in January 2020, Iran responded by firing 20 ballistic missiles at the Ain al Asad base in western Iraq, which houses US troops engaged in the fight against the Islamic State. Over the past few years, Tehran has also imposed sanctions on dozens of US officials, many of them from the military, who Iran says played a role in the general's assassination.
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