L’Iran has issued arrest warrants for 36 citizens of the United States and other countries, including the American president Donald Trump. The accusation is that he ordered, prepared and implemented the killing, which took place on 3 January in Baghdad, Iraq, of General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Pasodaran Qods forces. This was announced by the Tehran prosecutor, Alghasi Mehr, quoted by the Iranian agency Fars. Tehran will ask Interpol to intervene in the coming days to arrest the head of the White House, Iranian news agencies report.
The Iranian decision signals an increase in tension between Tehran and the US: but Trump does not run the risk of being arrested. After receiving a request – which has not yet taken place – Interpol, based in Lyon, France, decides whether or not to share the information with the countries that are part of it. You can decide to publish it or not. It is highly unlikely that the international body will act on Tehran’s request: also because it is forbidden to intervene on the actions of a politician.
Soleimani, 62, and the most influential Iranian general – considered number 2, in fact, in the hierarchy of power in Tehran – was killed in an operation conducted by a US drone. President Trump ordered the operation. His death, according to all analysts, changed the rules of the game in the Middle East and accelerated, in fact, the already creeping low-profile war between the United States and Iran.
Born in 1957 near the historic city of Rabor, peasant origins and working-class beginnings, Soleimani had entered the Revolutionary Guards at a very young age, who had guaranteed the movement of Ayatollah Khomeini to overthrow Shah Reza Pahlavi. Appointed, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, commander of the Al Quds forces, the flagship of Iranian elite troops, he was entrusted with the task of cultivating relations with Hezbollah, the Party of God. , which represents the armed wing of the Lebanese Shiites, and to support the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, against the riots that broke out in 2011. In the months immediately preceding his death, Soleimani’s elite forces had participated in the destruction of the Saudi refineries , the blitzes against oil tankers transiting the Strait of Hormuz and the siege of the US embassy in Baghdad. Having survived plane crashes (2006) and attacks (2012), he was unable to avoid the missiles that reached him in January, while he was – once again – outside Iranian territory, Iraq.
The order to kill Soleimani had been given by Trump himself who had hailed the success of the mission by posting a stars and stripes flag on Twitter. General Soleimani – Trump said later – was preparing new attacks against US forces in the region. His reign of terror is over. We didn’t kill him for regime change or to start the war. But we are ready for any response that is needed. Iran’s future belongs to the people who want peace, not terrorists.
After Soleimani’s death, tens of thousands of Iranians had attended his funeral.
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