Iraq president calls for restraint
January 03 2020 06:06 PM
A demonstrator holds a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Iranian Major-General Q
A demonstrator holds a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, during protest against the assassination of Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were killed in an air strike in Baghdad airport, in Tehran

QNA/Baghdad

Iraqi President Barham Saleh warned of the security effects and repercussions of the killing of Commander of Iran's Quds Force Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, on his country and the entire region. He called for restraint, prevail over the voice of reason and wisdom, and protection of the supreme national interest.
In a statement on Friday, Saleh said that this operation will undoubtedly have security implications and repercussions on Iraq and the region, considering that the killing of Soleimani and Al Muhandis threatens the peace of the region and Iraq.
He stressed that in this exceptional circumstance, the Iraqis must adhere to their unity, and transcendent disputes to protect the supreme national interests, and the sovereignty and security of the country, to spare Iraq the scourge and tragedies of armed conflicts that have worn it over four decades which effects and wounds are still not healed.
On Friday morning, Iraqi television announced that commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis were killed in an airstrike that targeted their vehicles near Baghdad International Airport. 



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