Iran tells United Nations it reserves right to self-defence over Soleimani killing

Soleimani - who commanded the elite Quds Force, a branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - was obliterated in the attack, as was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of the Iraqi, largely pro-Iran, paramilitary force Hashed al-Shaabi.

The United States acknowledged it struck Major General Qassem Soleimani to prevent terrorist attacks by Iranian proxy militias against American diplomatic and military targets, and in retaliation for two decades of attacks against Americans by forces under Soleimani's command. -Iranian conflict has become clear in Iraq, and there is a possibility that the U.S-Iranian struggle could spread to cover more areas in the Middle East region.

Therefore, they (Iraqi leaders) realize that Iraq will pay the price of any U.S.

The procession began at the Imam Kadhim shrine, one of the most revered sites for Shiite Muslims.

In Baghdad, marchers waved Iraqi and militia flag, with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and Iraqi militia commander Hadi al-Amiri, a close Iran ally and the top candidate to succeed Muhandis, attending the procession.

Iran told the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday local time it reserves the right to self-defence under worldwide law after the United States killed its most prominent military commander Qassem Soleimani. As I discussed in a June 30, 2019, National Interest Online article during an earlier crisis, Iranian leaders have an abundance of options for making America's Middle East presence even more risky and less rewarding than it is now.

He died along with several high-ranking officials from the Iran-backed Iraqi Shia militias, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

The US State Department has warned Americans in Iraq to leave "immediately". The U.S. said the strikes were in response to a rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor in northern Iraq, which Washington blamed on the militias.

As long as Europe understands the choice President Trump is facing - admittedly not the one Europeans would like him to be making - Europe has a chance to influence the President's decision. President Donald Trump said the general was planning fatal attacks against Americans.

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US Marines secure the Baghdad Embassy Compound in Iraq, January 3, 2020.

The U.S. strike followed a sharp increase in U.S.

"I feel so sad for Soleimani's death but what if America and Iran start a war?" "They will see the effects of this criminal act, not only today but for years to come".

Soleimani was killed in a USA airstrike in Baghdad on Friday.

Global powers had warned Friday that the killing of Soleimani could spark a risky new escalation, with many calling for restraint.

He said the United Kingdom "recognised the aggressive threat" Gen Soleimani posed, but "further conflict is in none of our interests".

"I don't think a war will break out".

Netanyahu cut short his visit to Greece amid concerns Iran could exact revenge on the Jewish state for the USA strike.

Italy has always been one of Iran's biggest trading partners in the European Union, and it has more than 800 regular soldiers and some 80 special forces in Iraq.

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