Trump administration warns Congress Iran could retaliate against United States 'within weeks'

Henrietta Brewer
January 4, 2020

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 worldwide law, including, in particular. the Charter of the United Nations".

"Iran and the Iranian people can now turn away from Soleimani's murderous adventurism, redirect the Quds Force's money into Iran's economy, bring home the troops Soleimani sent overseas, and move forward toward building a more peaceful region".

United States officials have said 3,000 additional troops will be sent to the Middle East as a precaution.

Iraqi state television says there has been another air strike in the country, 24 hours after the killing of Soleimani.

There are also intense discussions taking place inside USA military and intelligence agencies to assess whether Iran might be preparing some type of retaliatory strikes in the next few days or wait for some time, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the situation.

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.

The U.S. killing of Soleimani has forced Washington and its allies in the region, primarily Israel and Saudi Arabia, into uncharted territory on how to confront Iran and its proxy militia groups throughout the region.

"We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war". He regarded the latter's death as "an aggression against Iraq, the state, the government and people" and called for an emergency parliament session to discuss protecting Iraq's sovereignty.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi joined marchers in a funeral procession, many of whom chanted slogans such as "Death to America" and "America is the Great Satan".

The strike, which also killed four more Revolutionary Guards and five of Iraq's pro-Iran paramilitary network, infuriated Iran, which vowed jihad on the US. He was also blamed for attacks on US troops and American allies going back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The U.S. has ordered all citizens to leave Iraq and closed its embassy in Baghdad, where Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters staged two days of violent protests earlier this week in which they breached the compound.

The poster, reportedly drawn by Iranian artist Hasan Rouh al-Amin, was posted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on his Instagram yesterday.

Gholamali Abuhamzeh, a senior commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said Tehran would punish Americans "wherever they are in reach", and raised the prospect of possible attacks on ships in the Gulf.

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The commander had reportedly flown in from Lebanon or Syria.

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