Iran has issued a second arrest warrant for President Donald Trump and dozens of other U.S. officials, submitted a “red notice” to Interpol requesting that the international police agency intervene and bring them to justice for the killing of a top Iranian commander last year.
On Tuesday, spokesman for the Iranian judiciary Gholamhossein Esmaili told reporters that the Islamic Republic had requested that the global police organization arrest Trump and 47 other U.S. officials identified as playing some role in the assassination of top Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, 2020.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is very seriously following up on pursuing and punishing those who ordered and executed this crime,” Esmaili said in a press briefing, reports Al Jazeera.
The general was one of Iran’s top military officials and was charged with heading the foreign operations arm of the IRGC. Lieutenant General Soleimani played a crucial role in Iran’s counter-terrorism efforts against foreign-backed groups such as the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.
The top commander was assassinated in a drone strike on the Iraqi capital directly ordered by Trump.
The unprecedented killing of the Iranian military official was criticized in many western capitals, and has been deemed to be against international law by Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Iran has vowed to bring those responsible for the assassination to justice, with the country’s foreign ministry marking the anniversary of Soleimani’s killing by blasting the White House as having “committed a great act of folly” that would result in them being the “main losers,” reports Iranian state-owned news network PressTV.
“The United States thinks it can influence the public opinion by assassinating people, but the history has proven this policy to be futile,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said over the weekend.
This isn’t the first time that Iran has sought to request an international arrest warrant for Trump and dozens of top military officials.
In June, Iranian prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr issued a warrant for the arrest of Trump and dozens of other U.S. officials on the basis of “murder and terrorism charges.”
However, France-based Interpol largely shrugged off the request, saying its own charter forbids it from “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”
Tehran has vowed to avenge the death of Soleimani, despite its own efforts to tamper down tensions and prevent hostility with Washington from escalating in the waning days of Trump’s presidency.
There have been widespread fears that Trump, acting at the behest of Israel and Gulf Arab states, could act rashly toward Iran prior to leaving office on Jan. 20.
In a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination, judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi underscored Tehran’s desire to bring Trump to justice, remarking that his high political stature shouldn’t grant immunity to the the outgoing U.S. head of state.
“Fortunately, Trump’s presidency has ended,” Raisi said. “But even if his term hadn’t ended, it would be unacceptable to say someone shouldn’t be accountable to law due to his administrative position.”
Other Iranian officials do believe that in spite of the remote possibilities of legally pursuing Trump, there is a basis in international law to hold him accountatble.
“Some international experts hold the view that after Trump’s presidency is over this might be possible,” said Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman of Iran’s powerful constitutional body, the Guardian Council.
Iran’s request comes as the U.S. has flown nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf numerous times in the past month.
On Monday, the Pentagon also reversed a decision to bring the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier home from the Persian Gulf, claiming that the move was in response to “recent threats” by Tehran.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.