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Iranian demonstrators hold up mobile phones showing the picture of the late Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, during a protest against the assassination of Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in front of United Nation office in Tehran, Iran January 3, 2020.  - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Bahrain Calls on International Community to Ensure Persian Gulf Security

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Tensions are high across the Middle East after the United States killed Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) elite Quds Force, in an airstrike on the outskirts of Baghdad. The US embassy in Baghdad on Friday called on US citizens to depart Iraq as quickly as possible.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday held phone talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during which he described the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq by the United States as an act of terrorism.

Zarif reiterated what he said in the immediate aftermath of the attack, namely that the US is to bear the full responsibility for the consequences of its airstrikes in Baghdad that killed Soleimani.

Iran’s National Security Council warned that it would respond to the death of Soleimani "at the right time and in the right place."

Following the confirmation of the Quds commander's death both by Tehran and Washington, the US Embassy in Lebanon urged American citizens in the country to maintain a high level of vigilance.

The travel warning followed similar statements issued by US diplomatic missions across the region, most notably in Iraq, where Americans were advised to leave the country immediately.

Lebanon is home to the Hezbollah military and political movement, considered to be the strongest Iran ally in the Middle East.

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03:34 GMT 04.01.2020
US Has ‘Started Military War’ Against Iran by Assassinating Soleimani - Iranian Envoy to UN
Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq - Sputnik International
US Has ‘Started Military War’ Against Iran by Assassinating Soleimani - Iranian Envoy to UN
03:33 GMT 04.01.2020
US Long-Planned Assassination of Soleimani Lacks Legal, Strategic Justification - Ex-Envoy
Iranian demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the assassination of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in front of United Nation office in Tehran, Iran January 3, 2020. - Sputnik International
US Long-Planned Assassination of Soleimani Lacks Legal, Strategic Justification - Ex-Envoy
02:32 GMT 04.01.2020
USA Men's Soccer Team Cancel Qatar Camp Following Soleimani Killing
01:55 GMT 04.01.2020
Video With Alleged US Troop Redeployment From Kuwait to Iraq Circulates on Social Media
US troops  - Sputnik International
Video With Alleged US Troop Redeployment From Kuwait to Iraq Circulates on Social Media
23:45 GMT 03.01.2020
Sen. Kaine Files Resolution to Prevent ‘Unnecessary War’ With Iran Following Soleimani Killing
US Senator Tim Kaine. (File) - Sputnik International
Sen. Kaine Files Resolution to Prevent ‘Unnecessary War’ With Iran Following Soleimani Killing
23:42 GMT 03.01.2020
Bahrain Calls on International Community to Ensure Persian Gulf Security –Foreign Ministry

Bahrain calls on the international community to take measures aimed at ensuring security in the Persian Gulf region after the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, by the US strikes in Baghdad, the national Foreign Ministry said.

In the earlier hours of Friday, Soleimani was killed by a US drone attack near the Baghdad International Airport. US President Donald Trump said Washington took preemptive action against Soleimani to “stop a war.” An adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, however, said the United States crossed a “red line” with the attack and Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei warned that a "harsh retaliation is waiting" for the United States.

“The Kingdom [of Bahrain] also stresses the importance of immediate action to be taken by the international community, affirming the need to take all necessary measures to ensure security and stability in the region because of its vital and strategic importance for the whole world,” the ministry said in a statement on late Friday.

According to the statement, Bahrain is closely following the developments in Iraq after the death of Soleimani.

23:24 GMT 03.01.2020
At Least Six Killed in Two-Car Convoy Targeted in Air Attack North of Baghdad - Reports
U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters from 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, launch flares as they conduct overflights of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad - Sputnik International
At Least Six Killed in Two-Car Convoy Targeted in US Airstrike North of Baghdad - Reports
22:40 GMT 03.01.2020
Canada Urges Citizens to Leave Iraq if Possible - Travel Advisory

The Canadian government has updated its travel advisory for Iraq following a US airstrike that killed Quds Force Commander, Qasem Soleimani, urging all Canadians to leave the country if possible.

"On January 3, 2020, an Iranian military commander and Iraqi paramilitary leaders were killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad International Airport. This attack has led to increased tensions in the region. The security situation could worsen with little warning. There is an increased threat of attacks against Western interests and of terrorist attacks in general. Consider leaving by commercial means if it is safe to do so," the advisory said on Friday.

The Canadian government advised those not able to leave to take extra precautions, including limiting all movement, and monitoring local media for breaking developments.

21:59 GMT 03.01.2020
'We Took the Ayatollah's Arm Off': US Senator Graham Glorifies Assassination of IRGC Commander
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham - Sputnik International
'We Took the Ayatollah's Arm Off': US Senator Graham Glorifies Assassination of IRGC Commander
21:24 GMT 03.01.2020
Kataib Hezbollah Security Official Said To Call For 'Martyrdom Operations Against Foreign Invader Crusader Forces'

Abu Ali Al-Askari, a security official from the Kataib Hezbollah group, has called for "opening registration for martyr lovers" to carry out suicide attacks against "foreign invader Crusader forces" following the "assassination of General Qassim Soleimani".

21:17 GMT 03.01.2020
Pompeo Holds Phone Conversation With Iraqi President Barham Salih After Quds Commander Soleimani Killing
21:02 GMT 03.01.2020
US Stock Markets Fall in Aftermath of Iranian General Assassination, Troop Deployments
Traders work at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 2, 2020 - Sputnik International
US Stock Markets Fall in Aftermath of Iranian General Assassination, Troop Deployments
20:58 GMT 03.01.2020
Pompeo Holds Phone Conversations With Iraqi Kurdistan, UAE Prime Ministers After Soleimani Killing
20:56 GMT 03.01.2020
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20:26 GMT 03.01.2020
'We Caught Him in the Act': Trump Says US Did Not Kill Soleimani to Start War With Iran
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on Iran, at his Mar-a-Lago property, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla - Sputnik International
'We Caught Him in the Act': Trump Says US Did Not Kill Soleimani to Start War With Iran
20:10 GMT 03.01.2020
US Troops on Alert to Deploy to American Embassy in Beirut Following Soleimani Killing - Reports

American troops are on alert to deploy to "protect [the] US Embassy in Beirut" following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, AP reported, citing an unnamed US official.

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