An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for outgoing President Donald Trump in reference to the killing of an Iranian normal and a strong Iraqi militia chief final 12 months, Iraq’s judiciary mentioned.
The warrant was issued by a decide in Baghdad’s investigative court docket tasked with probing the Washington-directed drone strike that killed Gen. Qassim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the court docket’s media workplace mentioned. They had been killed exterior the capital’s airport final January.
Al-Muhandis was the deputy chief of the state-sanctioned In style Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group composed of an array of militias, together with Iran-backed teams, shaped to combat the Islamic State group.
Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds power of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The arrest warrant was for a cost of premeditated homicide, which carries the demise penalty on conviction. It’s unlikely to be carried out however symbolic within the waning days of Trump’s presidency.
The choice to situation the warrant “was made after the decide recorded the statements of the claimants from the household of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,” based on a press release from the Supreme Judicial Council. The investigation into the killings is ongoing, the court docket mentioned.
The killings sparked a diplomatic disaster and strained US-Iraq ties, drawing the ire of Shiite political lawmakers who handed a non-binding decision to stress the federal government to oust overseas troops from the nation.
Iran-backed teams have since stepped up assaults in opposition to the American presence in Iraq, resulting in threats by Washington to shutter its Baghdad diplomatic mission.