Committee Calls for Baghdad Airport to Be Renamed For Militia Leader Muhandis

Committee Calls for Baghdad Airport to Be Renamed For Militia Leader Muhandis

The Council of Representatives' Committee of Martyrs, Victims, and Political Prisoners has called for Baghdad International Airport to be renamed in honor of Abu Mahdi Muhandis, the Iraqi militia commander who was killed in a US drone strike on Friday.

Committee Chairman Abd Ila al-Naili sent a communiqué to the Council of Representatives on January 5 calling for the change.

“The struggle and sacrifice of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and his colleagues are obvious and the supreme leader has given them the surname of heroes of victorious battles,” the communiqué read.

“So, we are calling for the replace Baghdad airport’s name with the name of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis International Airport.”

When the airport opened in 1982, it was originally named Saddam International Airport after then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The name was changed to its current designation following the US invasion in 2003.

Muhandis was killed in an airstrike targeting senior Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

In response to the assassination, the Council of Representatives voted on Sunday to approve a resolution calling for the presence of foreign troops in Iraq to end.

US President Donald Trump said that if Iraq asked US forces to leave and it was not done on a friendly basis, “we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”