- Iraqi PM Warns of Devastating War, Sadr Orders Forces to be Ready
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has condemned US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, warning of devastating consequences for Iraq as senior Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr put all his forces on alert.
The United States confirmed early on Friday that its forces had assassinated Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), in an attack at Baghdad’s international airport. Abdul-Mahdi blasted the US strike as a blatant act of “aggression” that would “spark a devastating war.”
He described General Soleimani and al-Muhandis as the icons of Iraq’s victory over Western-backed Daesh terrorists. “The assassination of an Iraqi military commander in an official post is an aggression against the country of Iraq, its state, its government and its people,” the PM said, referring to al-Muhandis.