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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The US-ordered drone strike assassination of Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran’s most senior and respected military commanders, has stoked Iranian-US tensions to their highest level in decades as the sides exchange verbal threats of retaliation.

    People in the Indian capital of New Delhi are holding demonstrations near the US Embassy on Tuesday to protest the killing of Iran’s military commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike on 3 January.

    The protesters chanted slogans against the US president, with some placards reading "Trump is a war criminal",  other banners featured photos of Soleimani and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    Some demonstrators chanted such slogans as "America, Israel shameless", and "Donald Trump Down, Down", while also raising red flags, symbolising Soleimani's martyrdom.

    Shia Muslim leader Kalbe Jawad, who was leading the protest, told Sputnik that the Indian government should extend its full support to Iran amid escalating tensions with the United States.

    The protests are not just limited to New Delhi as there have been rallies in India’s Kashmir and Pakistan’s Karachi as well. Anti-US slogans dominated demonstrations as hundreds of people in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir turned out to protest against the assassination. 

    • Protests Against Killing of Soleimani Held Outside US Embassy in New Delhi
      Protests Against Killing of Soleimani Held Outside US Embassy in New Delhi
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    • Protests Against Killing of Soleimani Held Outside US Embassy in New Delhi
      Protests Against Killing of Soleimani Held Outside US Embassy in New Delhi
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      Protests Against Killing of Soleimani Held Outside US Embassy in New Delhi
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    Protests Against Killing of Soleimani Held Outside US Embassy in New Delhi

    Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif has said that by ordering the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the "rogue regime" in Washington has unleashed worldwide fury against the US.

    Zarif's tweet was accompanied by photos of anti-US protest rallies sweeping several countries in the region, as people in Pakistan's Karachi and India's Kashmir took to the streets to condemn Washington’s assassination of General Soleimani.

    On Monday, 6 January, millions of Iranians packed the streets of Tehran to pay homage to General Soleimani, as a sea of mourners descended on the iconic Enqelab Square.

    The drone strike that killed Soleimani was the culmination of a series of incidents which began on 27 December, when a US military base in Kirkuk, Iraq was hit by rockets launched by unidentified forces, killing a US civilian contractor and injuring several US troops.

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