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Iraq condemns killing of paramilitary forces’ chiefs

FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, attends an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran. The U.S. airstrike that killed a prominent Iranian general in Baghdad raises tensions even higher between Tehran and Washington after months of trading attacks and threats across the wider Middle East. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

BAGHDAD, Jan 3 (KUNA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi condemned the killing of chief of Iranian Al-Quds Brigade Qassem Soleimani and deputy chief of Iraqi Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi irregular force Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandes by the US.

In a statement on Friday, Abdul-Mahdi “strongly condemned the assassination of Soleimani, Al-Muhandes and other Iraqi and Iranian figures by the US administration.”

The incident is an attack on Iraq and its people and a clear violation of the country’s sovereignty, he noted. Abdul-Mahdi affirmed that the US is escalating tension and igniting war in Iraq and the whole region.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the attack is a violation of the conditions agreed upon for the US troops’ presence in Iraq, which is only to train the Iraqi army and fight the so-called Islamic State (IS).

The two figures were killed earlier today by a US raid on their vehicle near Baghdad International Airport.

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