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    US-Iran Relations Hit New Low After Killing of General Soleimani in Baghdad (146)
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    Two waves of airstrikes were launched against US military facilities in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, housing US-led coalition forces on Wednesday morning following the assassination of the Commander of the IRGC's elite Quds Force Qasem Soleimani last week.

    Iraqi militia commander Qais al-Khazali said on Wednesday that Baghdad would follow Iran's response to the killing of its top military commander Qasem Soleimani on 3 January by the US, Reuters reported. Al-Khazali noted that the Iraqi response would not be "any less" than Tehran's retaliation, following the death of Iraqi Shia Kata’ib Hezbollah leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who was also killed in the US strike. 

    "The initial Iranian response to the assassination of the martyred commander Soleimani has happened. Now it is time for the initial response to the assassination of the martyred commander Muhandis. And because Iraqis are brave and zealous, their response will not be any less than that of Iran's. That is a promise", al-Khazali was quoted as saying.

    Major General Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander al-Muhandis were both killed by a US drone strike on Friday, 3 January near Baghdad International Airport. Tehran vowed to avage the death of its top military commander, later responding with two waves of airstikes launched against American military facilities in Iraq.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif later called Tehran's actions "proportionate measures in self-defence" in line with the UN Charter, while Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei branded the airstrikes a "slap" in America's face.

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    US-Iran Relations Hit New Low After Killing of General Soleimani in Baghdad (146)
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