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

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