Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.
According to a new report by Time, the nation of Iran issued an “arrest warrant” for Trump and said he faces “terrorism charges.”
The Muslim nation claims that Trump deserves to be arrested because he approved a decisive airstrike earlier this year that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
Iranian prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and the 35 others involved in the Jan. 3 strikes that killed Soleimani in Baghdad face “murder and terrorism charges.”
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Alqasimehr also was quoted as saying that Iran requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the others, which represents the highest-level arrest request issued by Interpol. Local authorities generally make the arrests on behalf of the country that requests it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.
However, Interpol has confirmed that it has no intention of helping detain Trump.
Interpol issued a statement saying its guidelines for notices forbids it from “any intervention or activities of a political” nature.
Interpol “would not consider requests of this nature,” it said.
Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, dismissed the arrest warrant.
“It’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish,” Hook said.
There is no real danger that Trump will be arrested, but this is another scathing example showing how extremely radical Iranian officials have become.
Earlier this year, Trump approved an airstrike that killed Soleimani, who played a critical role in killing thousands of American soldiers and innocent civilians over the years.
“The U.S. killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January strike near Baghdad International Airport. It came after months of rising tensions between the two countries. Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq,” Time reported.
Trump also approved drone strikes that killed Popular Mobilization Forces leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis outside Baghdad International Airport.
Top military officials reportedly told the president that Soleimani was planning “imminent attacks” on Americans that would have most likely killed hundreds.
The attacks would have been conducted on American facilities and workers in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon along with other countries in the region.