News ID: 110281
Publish Date : 17 December 2022 - 21:58

Iraqis Expel Americans From Gen. Soleimani Event

BAGHDAD (Dispatches) -- Dozens of Iraqis have expelled a group of staffers from the U.S. embassy as they sought to take part in a cultural event in commemoration of top Iranian anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were assassinated in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport more than two years ago.
The delegates were shown the door and had to leave the ceremony at Martyr’s Monument in the capital Baghdad on Friday, after participants strongly opposed their presence and shouted “America is the Greatest Satan.”
On November 27, a total of 78 Iraqi plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against former president Donald Trump, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, former U.S. ambassador to Baghdad Matthew H. Tueller, former Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and former director of the National Operations Center Dhia al-Musawi over the assignation of General Soleimani and Muhandis, registering their case at the Federal Court of Appeal in the capital Baghdad.
Among the complainants is Muhammad Hassan Jaafar, a brother of Muhandis.
General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions were assassinated in a U.S. drone strike authorized by Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that required the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by the US in the country.
Both commanders were highly revered across the Middle East because of their key role in fighting the Daesh terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the U.S.-run Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar with a wave of missile attacks in retaliation for the assassination of Gen. Soleimani.
According to the Pentagon, more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the base. The IRGC, however, says Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans who perished during the retaliation.
Iran has described the missile attack on Ain al-Assad as a “first slap”.