Iran urged the United Nations to adopt a resolution in condemnation of the US assassination of renowned commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.
In a letter to the UN General Assembly, the legal department of Iran’s presidential office called for “all legal initiatives in its power, including issuing a resolution to denounce the assassination of state and diplomatic officials by another government and take measures to prevent such crimes in the future”.
Lieutenant General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was targeted in a drone strike directly ordered by former US president Donald Trump, near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020, while he was on a diplomatic mission. Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and several others were also killed in the attack.
The letter noted that international peace would be undermined if the terror act of assassinating the top general goes unpunished and its perpetrators are given immunity from condemnation and justice.
It also said US governments have, for years, displayed an “excessive unilateralism” in their actions that has granted them the power to violate international laws and agreements.
In July 2020, the UN rapporteur for the extrajudicial killing concluded in a report that General Soleimani’s assassination was “unlawful” and “arbitrary” and violated the UN Charter, Al Jazeera reported.
Last year, Iran requested Interpol “red notices” against dozens of US officials, including Trump who also had an arrest warrant issued by an Iraqi court.
Soleimani’s assassination brought Iran and the US to the verge of war.
Five days after the drone strike, the IRGC launched 12 missiles at two US bases in Iraq in the largest ballistic missile attack ever against the US. Over 100 US service members suffered traumatic brain injuries.
On Saturday, thousands of Iraqis chanted “Death to America” as they filled a Baghdad square to honor General Soleimani and his companions on the second anniversary of the assassination.
The crowd called for the expulsion of the remaining American forces from Iraq during the rally.
“We will not let you stay after today in the land of the martyrs,” some of the placards read. American and Israeli flags were strewn on the ground, with people trampling on them.
The US-led coalition formally ended its combat mission supporting Iraqi forces in the ongoing fight against the Daesh terror group on December 31, 2021. Some 2,500 troops remain for the foreseeable future, however, in an advisory role.
“We will not accept anything less than full withdrawal as revenge for the blood of our martyrs,” Hadi al-Ameri, the head of Fatah Alliance in Iraq’s parliament told the crowd.