Report: Iraqi PM Says Trump Called to Ask Him to 'Mediate With Iran' Shortly Before Deadly Airstrike

Chris Menahan
Jan. 06, 2020

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi reportedly claimed Sunday that President Trump "called him to ask him to mediate with Iran" shortly before carrying out the deadly airstrike which killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil.

"This is stunning - #Iraq prime minister tells parliament US troops should leave. Says @realDonaldTrump called him to ask him to mediate with #Iran and then ordered drone strike on Soleimani. Says Soleimani carrying response to Saudi initiative to defuse tension when he was hit," NPR's Jane Arraf reported.

Abdul-Mahdi claimed he was scheduled to meet Soleimani on the day of the strike and the general "came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran."

The comments were made shortly before the Iraqi parliament voted to move forward with kicking the US out of their country.

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