Iran seeks Interpol notice for US forces

Farshid Motahari
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Iranian authorities have applied to Interpol for an international arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump in connection with the murder of the Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani a year ago.

"In this regard, we have filed a 'red notice' at Interpol against 48 people, including Trump, US commanders and Pentagon representatives as well as US troops in the region," justice spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaili said on Tuesday.

There is constructive cooperation with neighbouring Iraq on the issue, the spokesman said on Iranian state television.

Interpol, founded in 1923, coordinates policing operations for its 194 member states.

A country can use the "red notice" to request other countries track down and arrest a person.

On January 3, 2020, on Trump's instructions, the US Army killed Soleimani during a visit to Iraq with a rocket attack near Baghdad airport.

The influential Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy head of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi militia, was also killed.

Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force, part of an elite unit of the Iranian armed forces.

He coordinated the activities of militias loyal to Iran in Iraq and other countries.

President Hassan Rouhani called Soleimani a national hero and he has become a legend in the region after his assassination by the US.

Iran will avenge his murder "in due course" and at the same time take legal action against Trump and the Pentagon, Rouhani said.