Iraq issues arrest warrant for the Out-going US President Donald Trump

A judge in Baghdad’s investigative court has issued an arrest warrant for outgoing US President Donald Trump, over the killing of an Iraqi paramilitary leader during the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last year.

Iranian general Qasem Soleimani died with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s largely pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, in the same U.S. drone strike at Baghdad airport on January 3 last year.

The strike on their motorcade was ordered by Mr. Trump, who later crowed that it had taken out “two (men) for the price of one.”

“An arrest warrant against the outgoing President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has been issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code,” Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council confirmed in a statement on Thursday, adding that the investigations would continue “to identify others who participated in committing this crime, whether they are Iraqis or foreigners.”

The strike on their motorcade was ordered by Mr. Trump, who later crowed that it had taken out “two (men) for the price of one.”

Citing CNN Edition, “After the completion of the preliminary investigation procedures, the judge decided to issue an arrest warrant for the outgoing President of the United States of America, Donald Trump,” read a statement released by the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq on Thursday.

“The investigation procedures will continue to find out the other participants in the implementation of this crime, whether they are Iraqis or foreigners,” the statement added.

Iran already issued a warrant for Mr. Trump’s arrest in June and asked Interpol to relay it as a so-called “red notice” to other police forces around the world. Interpol made it clear there was no intention to meet Iran’s request.

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The U.S. military had braced for any possible retaliatory attacks by Iran or Iraq’s pro-Iran militias, which have fired rockets at American bases many times since the strike last year, but there was no violence on the anniversary of the attack over the weekend as reported by the CBS news.

Trump is stepping in hot soup as Iran has also issues arrest warrant

Iran also has an arrest warrant out for Trump in relation to Soleimani’s death, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.

Soleimani was the architect of a growing Iranian military presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen as the leader of the Iran Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, an elite unit that handles Iran’s overseas operations. It is considered a foreign terrorist organization by the US.

At a fundraising dinner in Florida shortly after the strike, Trump described the operation as taking out “two for the price of one.”

He described Soleimani as a “noted terrorist” who “was supposed to be in his country,” but did not describe an “imminent threat” that precipitated the strike authorization the justification given by administration officials in the aftermath of the attack.

The arrest warrant for Mr. Trump provides for the death penalty in all cases of premeditated murder.

Following the issuance of the arrest warrant on Thursday, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller met nearby in Baghdad with President Barham Salih to discuss “the importance of reducing tensions and avoiding escalation, supporting efforts to enhance security, stability and peace in the region and resolving the outstanding issues through dialogue.

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