People gather to protest the US airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Commander Qasem Soleimani, who led the elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Sanaa, Yemen, on January 6, 2020.
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The Iranian government has issued an arrest warrant against United States President Donald Trump for the murder of his top commander Qasem Soleimani in January, the country’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.
Tehran is also reportedly asking Interpol for help, according to Fars. Ali Alghasi-Mehr, Tehran’s attorney general, named Trump and 35 other Iranians accused of being involved in Soleimani’s death for facing “murder and terrorism charges,” and was quoted as saying he had asked Interpol. to issue “red notices” for them – the highest-level notice Interpol can issue about an individual to pursue their arrest.
However, Trump is not in danger of arrest and it is highly unlikely that Interpol will comply with Iran’s request, as the international agency’s guidelines prohibit him from “undertaking any intervention or activity of a political nature.”
The Trump administration has so far not responded to Iran’s announcement. Interpol did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.
Soleimani led the Iranian Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of the elite corps of the paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard. The Trump administration called him a terrorist and Washington held him responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq.
Soleimani, 62, died in a drone attack led by Trump in early January while in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, in a move that sparked rising regional tensions and oil prices and triggered an attack. of retaliation by Iran and its representatives in Iraq. bases that house US troops.
Less than a week after the drone attack, on January 8, more than a dozen Iranian ballistic missiles hit Ain al-Asad Air Base in the western Iraq province of Anbar and a base in Erbil in northern Iraq. country. There were no deaths.
The death of Soleimani, revered as a hero in much of Iran, sparked three days of mourning across the country. And although Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the retaliatory attack as a “slap” on the United States, he said “it was not enough,” suggesting new measures.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard promised “severe revenge” against the US And experts warned of Iran-led attacks on US military bases and energy facilities. But the confrontation between the two adversaries has been relatively quiet since, at least compared to the previous year, something that some experts attribute to the coronavirus crisis, which has engulfed both countries.
Last year, the United States accused Iran of blowing up multiple foreign tankers in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian shooting down of a US drone, and further sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by the Trump administration as both sides move closer to ending the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. Iran has announced numerous steps to reverse its adherence to the Obama-era deal since Trump withdrew the United States from it in 2018.
Washington and Tehran have not had formal diplomatic relations since 1980.