Airstrike kills Iraqi militia as US-Iran tensions escalate


The Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces confirmed the strike, saying it targeted one of its medical convoys near the stadium in Taji, north of Baghdad.

In Lahore, Pakistan, on January 3, protesters shout slogans against the United States during a demonstration following the USA airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

The drone strike on Baghdad's worldwide airport Thursday killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force and architect of Iran's operations across the Middle East. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, to lead the elite unit, succeeding Qassem Soleimani, who was killed on Thursday in a USA airstrike.

"But this reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict", Warren said on Twitter. Iran said he died in an attack by United States helicopters.

"We do not seek regime change", Trump said, adding that Iran's use of proxy fights "must end and it must end now".

The US also maintained that General Soleimani was responsible for multiple attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past several months. Trump ordered the strike to disrupt future Iranian attack plans, it said. "This decision highlights the need to get Donald Trump out of office".

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What did President Trump say?

"I appreciate President Donald Trump's bold action against Iranian aggression".

So when the USA takes actions, in airstrikes that kill 25 Iranians last week, obviously, that raised the threat level.

In statements carried by state media, he called for three days of national mourning and appointed Soleimani's deputy, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, to replace him as Quds Force head.

"Trump's risky escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars", Sanders said in a statement on Twitter.

"The brigade will deploy to Kuwait as an appropriate and precautionary action in response to increased threat levels against US personnel and facilities, and will assist in reconstituting the reserve", the Pentagon said in a statement.