Iran-Backed Iraqi Politicians, Militiamen, Social Media Accounts Rejoice At Court's Arrest Warrant Against President Trump For Ordering Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis Killed: 'Iraqi Judiciary Made History'

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January 8, 2021

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On January 7, 2021, several Iraqi commanders of Iran-backed militias reacted to an Iraqi court decision to issue an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the killing of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). Al-Muhandis was killed on January 3, 2020, in the U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

The warrant for Trump's arrest was issued by the court for east Baghdad under Article 406 of the penal code, which provides for the death penalty in all cases of premeditated murder.[1]

Abu Alaa Al-Wala'i, secretary-general of Iran-backed Kata'ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada (Brigades of Master of the Martyrs), tweeted: "Thank you to the just Iraqi judiciary for defending the most honorable decent soul against the dirtiest and lowest figure [President Trump.] Thank you judges, for speaking the truth during a time where injustice has prevailed, and for openly siding with justice when lies, fabrications, and oppression have prevailed. Thank you to the Iraqi nation, which took to the streets demanding revenge, and to the Iraqi judiciary, which made history by telling the arrogant killer, 'We shall punish you... Trump.'"[2]

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Ahmed Al Asadi, the spokesman of the Fatah Alliance bloc, which represents Iran-backed factions in the Iraqi parliament, shared a tweet in which he "saluted the Iraqi judiciary for pursuing the criminal of the era and the most obsessed with killing and targeting people [President Trump]."[3] 

"A salute to our judges who avenged our martyrs who were shot by Blackwater's bullets and the martyrs who fell because of Trump's deceitful drones."

 He further called on the Iraqi government to take the measures necessary to pursue President Trump internationally.

Bashar Al-Sa'adi, media officer for the Iran-backed Al-Nujaba Movement, shared a tweet that included a poster showing President Trump in shackles, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, which a symbol of the desire for revenge. The English text reads: "You will not survive." Al-Saadi wrote: "Trump wanted by the Iraqi judiciary, which issued a brave historical verdict, the boldest in history."[4]

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Likewise, several Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared content reflecting the same sentiment.

The Resistance Media Network, believed to be affiliated with the Hizballah Brigades in Iraq, shared a poster showing President Trump hanged in front of the White House. Behind him, on the wall, is the face of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. According to the post, a hashtag that translates as "you are not safe anymore" is trending among Iraqis.[5]

Under the same hashtag, and another that reads "The judiciary defends the victory commanders [i.e., Soleimani and Al-Muhandis], several Twitter accounts affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq shared content that rejoiced at the Iraqi court's decision. Hasnawi Salaam wrote in English that holding "Trump accountable" should also lead to the expulsion of U.S forces from Iraq.[6]

Some of these accounts tweeted a document, which they claim is the arrest warrant signed by judge Haider Abdul Kareem Nasir. The document instructs juridical investigators and police to arrest the president of the United States, Donald John Trump, and lists his address as "Florida, United States." It also notes that his "crime" is classified under Article 406 of the Iraqi penal code.[7]

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[2] Twitter.com, Aboalaa_alwalae, January 7, 2021.

[3] Twitter.com, Ahmeed_alasady0, January 7, 2021.

[4] Twitter.com, Bashar85saad, January 7, 2021.

[5] Telegram, Shabaakakha, January 7, 2021.

[6] Twitter.com, URAK70793957, January 8, 2021.

[7] Twitteer.com, Adil3757panAdil, January 8, 2021.

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