Fury as thousands mourn Iran commander


Thousands of mourners chanting "America is the Great Satan" marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a us airstrike.

"Not a week passes without a senior Israeli official threatening Iran, or the Israeli media reporting new details on covert Israeli operations against Iranian interests in the region".

Trump, speaking from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, said Soleimani was "terminated" when he was on the verge of attacking USA diplomats but he insisted that Washington is not seeking to topple Iran's government.

Some said that Soleimani and Muhandis had backed the use of force against unarmed anti-Government protesters a year ago, and had established militias that demonstrators blame for many of Iraq's social and economic woes.

Numerous Democratic lawmakers have questioned the legality of the strike on Soleimani as Congress has not authorized military action against Iran. He was also blamed for attacks on US troops and American allies going back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Earlier on Saturday, Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces umbrella grouping of paramilitary groups said air strikes near camp Taji had killed six people and critically wounded three.

"They were aiming to take down significant amounts of Americans", he reiterated.

Among those who backed Trump's decision to order the strike was his former hawkish national security adviser John Bolton.

"I feel so sad for Soleimani's death but what if America and Iran start a war?"

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US President Donald Trump apparently ordered the attack on Qassem Soleimani as he was "plotting to kill many Americans".

A senior Iranian commander on Saturday threatened that some 35 USA targets in the Middle East, as well as Tel Aviv, were within the reach of Tehran to avenge the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran-backed militias targeted by the United States have abducted several activists leading the demonstrations, but the protesters have also taken aim at American influence in Iraq.

Dressed in black, they waved white Hashed flags and massive portraits of Iranian and Iraqi leaders, furiously calling for "revenge". The U.S. has also blamed Iran for a wave of increasingly provocative attacks in the region, including the sabotage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure in September that temporarily halved its production.

"The UK can not afford to be neutral if we want to be a serious global player but this is a very, very risky situation and I think that the job we have to do is as one of the US's closest allies is to use our influence to argue for more consistent U.S. policy".

Soleimani, said Kilmer, "fueled instability in the Middle East and served as a threat to the security of the United States, its allies, and the entire world", he said.

"The argument is, if you don't ever respond to them, they think they can get by with anything", an unnamed White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post.

Italy's Foreign Minister meanwhile condemned the strike that killed Soleimani, in a rare criticism of the US strike from a Western ally.

Qassem Soleimani was killed in a United States airstrike. It increases conflict in a country like Iraq or Lebanon when an outside player like Iran so strongly arms, funds, and empowers one sectarian group.

Diplomats said no such letter had yet been received from Washington on the killing of Soleimani.