Iran and Iraq demand Trump’s extradition

Iraqis take part in a protest at Tahrir Square to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the U.S. assassination of Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian military commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2021.

A year before his abortive coup attempt in Washington, Donald Trump ordered the murder of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani in cold blood. Eight others died with the general in the Jan. 3 drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. Among them was Majdi Abu Muhandas, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units. Now both Iran and Iraq have filed requests for Trump’s extradition. 

General Soleimani’s funeral was one of the largest in history. Millions turned out as his coffin was carried across Iraq and Iran to his final resting place in his hometown of Kerman. He was loved for leading the fight against ISIS, Al Qaeda and other U.S.-backed terrorists in Syria and Iraq and his role in driving U.S.-Israeli forces out of Lebanon. His murder was a “crime against peace” under international law, an attempt to start a war. The U.S. should honor Iraq and Iran’s just requests and send Trump to face justice.

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