Arrest Warrant Issued For Donald Trump

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In the summer of 2020, terrorists in the middle east were of major concern to the United States and then-President Trump. President Trump ordered a strategic drone strike that killed IRGC General Soleimani, taking out the notorious backer of terrorism. The Iranians then responded with missiles that hit a US base in Iraq.

Last January the ordered drone strike killed both Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis outside the capitol’s airport.

Trump’s actions were applauded yet controversial, as many Americans cheered the strike and Trump’s taking the fight against the notorious Iranian terrorist without starting a wider war with Iran, as his predecessors might have done, though international bodies like the UN attacked him for the strike after it took place. The BBC, reporting on that at the time, said:

Soleimani died along with nine other people in a drone strike near Baghdad airport in Iraq in January. A report by the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, says the US had not provided sufficient evidence of an imminent threat to life to justify the attack.
The US state department accused her of “giving a pass to terrorists”. Last week, Iran issued arrest warrants for US President Donald Trump and 35 others on charges of murder and terrorism in connection with the killing.

Since that time, there have been no reports of subsequent action toward the former president. Now, as former President Donald Trump enters the ring for another bid at the U.S. Presidency, there has been another warrant issued for Trump in regard to his military action in 2020.

Trending Politics reports:

According to Baghdad Today, as cited by IraqNews, the head of Iraq’s “Supreme Judicial Council,” a man named Faiq Zaidan, has issued an arrest warrant for former President Trump. The warrant was apparently issued on Thursday, with Iraq News reporting on Friday, January 6th that:

The President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, announced on Thursday the issuance of an arrest warrant for former U.S. President Donald Trump, according to Baghdad Today news agency. Zaidan mentioned in a statement that the Iraqi judiciary issued an arrest warrant for former U.S. President Donald Trump, who confessed to having committed the crime, calling on those investigating the assassination of the Quds Force commander, Qasem Soleimani, and chief of staff of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, to make an exceptional effort to uncover the perpetrators, Baghdad Today news agency reported. “Why has he not yet been held accountable for this heinous crime?” Zaidan asked, referring to Donald Trump.

Another journalist notes the extremely serious nature of the charge.

An article by Charles Kennedy on OilPrice, noting both the symbolic nature of the warrant and the heavy penalty the crime Trump is charged with by the Iraqi warrant carries with it, notes that “The arrest warrant charges Trump with premeditated murder. While the warrant is clearly symbolic, a conviction of this nature carries the death penalty.”

The same article goes on to note the political changes in the time that has passed since the action and today, describing why Iraq, generally thought to be a US ally and partner in the Middle East and a country that Trump freed from the scourge of ISIS with a devastating bombing campaign paired with a Kurdish and Iraqi ground offensive, would issue an arrest warrant for a former US president, saying:

Iraq, the second-largest oil producer in OPEC, is caught between rivals Iran and the United States, while Iran’s influence has grown exponentially since the toppling of Saddam Hussein following the 2003 U.S. invasion. In October, ending a long-running stalemate, Iraq’s parliament named a new pro-Iranian prime minister and pro-Iranian parties now dominate, having sidelined Shi’ite rival Moqtada al Sadr, who had been paralyzing the government with anti-Iranian protests.

Oil Price reports that the PMF figure assassinated in the Trump military operation represented the head of an umbrella group that brought together pro-Iranian militias in Iraq, which enjoyed government support as a loosely defined element of the Iraq armed forces.

Eluding to the reason for the warrant so long after the strike, it is reported that the decision to issue the warrant was ” made after the judge recorded the statements of the claimants form the family of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,” according t a statement from the Supreme-Judicial Council. The investigation into the killing is ongoing, the court said. The event has sparked a diplomatic crisis and strained U.S.-Iraq ties, drawing the ire of Shiite political lawmakers who passed a non-binding resolution to pressure the government to oust foreign troops from the country.

Iran-backed groups have since stepped up attacks against the American presence in Iraq, leading to threats by Washington to shutter its Baghdad diplomatic mission.

The story is unfolding and there has not been a response from the U.S. government releases to the public about the issuing of the warrant.


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