Many Iraqis condemned the USA attack, regarding Soleimani as a hero for his role in defeating the military group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which had seized wide swathes of north and central Iraq in 2014.
Mourners in the Iraqi capital carried posters of Soleimani and flags of Muhandis's Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah militia, which has committed attacks against United States bases in recent months, climaxing with a siege of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday.
Many Iraqis condemned the USA attack, regarding Soleimani as a hero for his role in defeating Islamic State militants who seized large swathes of north and central Iraq in 2014.More news: 2,900 US flu deaths this season, CDC reports
A picture by Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force, January 4, 2020, shows Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, center, arriving for the funeral of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad. He was also blamed for attacks on US troops and American allies going back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Admiral Lord West said that the situation with Iran is "highly dangerous" following the assassination of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani by the USA in Iraq on Friday.
Close U.S. ally Britain warned its nationals on Saturday to avoid all travel to Iraq, outside the autonomous Kurdistan region, and to avoid all but essential travel to Iran.
In a letter, Ravanchi said the assassination of the top commander "is an obvious example of State terrorism and, as a criminal act, constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of global law, including, in particular. the Charter of the United Nations".More news: Trump campaign rakes in $46M in fourth quarter, blowing past Democrats’ hauls
The Iraqi government condemned this strike as well, with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi praising Soleimani and Muhandis' efforts in combatting ISIS. 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 killing marks a major escalation in tensions between the two counties.
Stressing that there would be harsh revenge, he said, "The response for a military action is a military action".
On Friday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to retaliate and said Soleimani's death would intensify the Islamic Republic's resistance to the United States and Israel.More news: India's LGBTQ community joins citizenship law protests
The poster came as thousands of furious mourners thronged in the streets of Baghdad during funeral processions for Soleimani and an Iraqi militia commander who died with him yesterday. We did not take action to start a war, ' the president said in brief remarks at Mar-a-Lago on Friday.