On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the former Israeli ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon about the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. He discusses Netanyahu’s statements to cabinet calling his assassination a purely American event and urging Israeli ministers to stay out of the conflict, as well as Soleimani reportedly carrying an Iranian answer to the Saudi peace initiative, why Trump notified Netanyahu before the assassination but did not tell other US allies, and more! Next, we speak to Iraqi MP Saad al-Muttalibi about the Iraqi parliament’s decision to expel US and other foreign forces from Iraq. He discusses the process by which Iraq will expel foreign forces, why the assassination of Hashd Al-Shaabi’s (PMF) Deputy Chief Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis is an outrage considering his role in defeating ISIS, the unacceptable US response to his assassination, and the revelation that Soleimani was due to meet Iraqi PM Adil Abdul Mahdi to discuss Saudi Arabia’s proposal for peace between the Middle Eastern rivals. Finally, we speak to Geoffrey Robertson QC to discuss his new book ‘Who Owns History,’ which explores the history of imperial powers stealing and keeping cultural monuments and treasures. He also discusses Donald Trump’s threat to target Iranian cultural sites, for which he calls the US president a barbarian, and suggests that US generals will likely disobey Trump’s order to avoid being prosecuted for war crimes.
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