Gen. Qasem Soleimani (Iranian Project)
Former Gen. Qasem Soleimani (Iranian Project)

Iraq should join Iran in pursuing justice following the assassination of commander Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces deputy leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as their assassination on Iraqi soil by the US constitutes a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has said.

“The United States violated Iraqi territory and impudently assassinated those who risked their lives to crush the bones of terrorism. This is not a simple issue. The American assassination is a major case that must be pursued vigorously,” Qalibaf said, speaking to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Wednesday.

According to Qalibaf, the assassinations of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, “on the direct order of President Trump, is a stain of shame that will never be erased from the faces of White House officials.”

Late last month, Iranian authorities approved issuing an arrest warrant against Trump and other US and foreign officials thought to be involved in the planning of Soleimani’s assassination. Interpol has indicated that it would reject an international red notice request from Iran on the matter.

Earlier this month, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard concluded that Soleimani’s assassination was unlawful, and “directed not only at Iran but also Iraq” because it violated the nation’s territorial integrity.