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04 January 2020 - 07:56
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Different Iraqi popular forces and political parties strongly condemned the US assassination of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shabi Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

RNA - Secretary General of Iraq’s Asa’eb al-Haq Qeis al-Khazali warned annihilation of Israel and expulsion of the US troops from Iraq to revenge the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis.

Al-Khazali called for preparation of the resistance forces for taking the revenge.

The Iraqi al-Nujaba also renewed their allegiance to General Qassem Soleimani and al-Muhandis for setting Iraq free from the US troops.

Meantime, the Seyed al-Shohada Kata’eb also underlined its determination to expel the occupying US troops from Iraqi soil.

Iraq’s Hezb al-Dawa also called on the Iraqi parliament to reconsider relations with the US after the American officials admitted assassinating the top Iranian General.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was martyred in a targeted assassination attack by US aircraft at Baghdad International Airport early Friday morning.

"General Qassem Soleimani has been martyred by the US helicopters after lifetime efforts," the IRGC said in a statement early Friday morning.

The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shabi. The PMF media arm said the two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

A PMF official said seven people were martyred by missiles fired by the US helicopters at Baghdad International Airport.

He said the dead included the PMF airport protocol officer, Mohammed Reda.

The Pentagon confirmed the attack in a statement.

The attack came amid tensions that started by the US attack on PMF units that killed 28 Iraqi popular forces. A day later, Iraqi people attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. On Wednesday President Donald Trump ordered about 750 US soldiers deployed to the Middle East.

US officials earlier suggested they were to engage in further retaliatory attacks in Iraq.

The developments also represent a major downturn in Iraq-US relations that could further undermine US influence in the region and American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.

US President Donald Trump was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.

The attack represents a dramatic escalation by the US toward Iran after months of tensions. The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the US from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.

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