On July 19, 2020, Al-Etejah TV (Iraq) aired a debate about Iran’s involvement in Iraq. Dr. Khalil Al-Khalil, a former member of the Saudi Shura Council, said that Iran has entrenched its claws in Iraq and that IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in January, 2020, had been a criminal. The host interrupted Dr. Al-Khalil when he referred to General Soleimani as a criminal. He asked Dr. Al-Khalil to be considerate of the feelings of others. Former Iranian diplomat Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi then responded that Dr. Al-Khalil is a contemptible and good-for-nothing individual. Calling Dr. Al-Khalil a dog, a Zionist, and a lowlife, Afghahi praised General Soleimani for having been a "great martyr," and he said that Soleimani had been greater than Saudi King Salman Al-Saud, the entire Saudi ruling family, and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Dr. Khalil Al-Khalil: "What was the criminal Soleimani doing in Iraq?"
Host: "No, please, Dr. Khalil, we respect everybody's feelings... Excuse me, Dr. Khalil, we respect everybody's feelings... General Qasem Soleimani was an advisor [in Iraq] at the request of the Iraqi government, just like many other advisors from many different countries. Let's keep the dialogue professional and constructive."
Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi: "To tell you the truth, I wanted to walk out of this discussion, because this is a contemptible and good-for-nothing man."
Host: "No, Dr. Afghahi, please..."
Afghahi: "Soleimani was a martyr, murdered by the biggest criminal..."
Host: "Excuse me, Dr. Khalil, let us raise the level of the discussion..."
Afghahi: "He is the criminal."
Host: "Let us raise the level of the discussion, Dr. Afghahi."
Afghahi: "No, no, no. No way? By Allah..."
Al-Khalil: "You are contemptible yourself!"
Afghahi: "He called the great martyr, the leader, Qasem Soleimani... Your King Salman is not worth Soleimani's shoe... "
Host: "No, no, please, please..."
Afghahi: "... you contemptible lowlife, you dog, you savage..."
Host: "Mr. Afghahi, Mr. Afghahi..."
Afghahi: "Qassem Soleimani had more honor than you and the entire royal Saudi family. Qasem Soleimani's shoe had more to it than Trump's head! Qasem Soleimani had more honor than your entire tribe, you Zionist dog, you lowlife!"
Host: "No, no, please, Dr. Afghahi..."
Afghahi: "Qasem Soleimani had more honor than your entire tribe."
Host: "Dr. Afghahi, please, Dr. Khalil... Let us raise the level of the discussion, there are viewers who watch this show..."
Afghahi: "He started it! Why did he call Soleimani a criminal?"