The Iranian Quds Force general was killed by the US military on 3 January 2020 as he was visiting Iraq on a secret diplomatic mission. The operation, not sanctioned by Baghdad, infuriated the country’s parliament, which demanded the removal of foreign troops deployed in the country.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has stated in an interview with Al-Alam TV that the US assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani almost a year ago because the Quds Force leader ruined US plans “to change the identity of the region”.
Al-Maliki went on to call Soleimani’s murder by the US a “heinous crime” pointing out that Washington violated Iraq’s sovereignty and targeted “a great and dear guest to Iraq and the Iraqis” with its strike, which also claimed the life of the Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilisation Forces political branch, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, who accompanied the Iranian general. The ex-Iraqi prime minister also compared American actions to behaviour typical of gangsters and not a state chanting “slogans of freedom and democracy”.
The former Iraqi head of the government called on the country’s authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing of Soleimani and determine if someone in Baghdad had aided the US in this crime. He pointed out that it’s unclear how Washington learned where Soleimani would be on the day of his assassination.
Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani was leaving Baghdad International Airport on 3 January, when the US Air Force…