Jul 23, 2020 07:22 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 29, 2020 14:45 Asia/Tehran]
  • Sen. Chris Murphy. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.
    Sen. Chris Murphy. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

A top US Democrat senator on the Senate’s Middle East panel has mounted pressure on Donald Trump administration to declassify the legal justification for the January drone strike in which Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani had been martyred in Iraq.

Iran PressAmerica: Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is appealing to an interagency panel within the federal government that’s tasked with reviewing declassification requests. Any member of the public may appeal to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) with a declassification request.

According to Al-Monitor, Murphy’s appeal marks the first time a lawmaker has turned to ISCAP to force the executive branch to declassify something.
Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, who had arrived in Iraq on January 3 at the official invitation of Iraqi officials, along with Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy head of the Iraqi People's Basij (al-Hashd al-Shabi), and eight others have been martyred in an airstrike orchestrated by the American aggressor.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has also tangled with the Trump administration over the intelligence community’s refusal to declassify the report naming all Saudi officials complicit in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which could implicate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.   207

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