Iranians wept this morning as Tehran announced three days of national mourning for General Qassem Soleimani killed in a US strike at Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said there would be ‘crushing revenge’ for the ‘unjust assassination’.
President Hassan Rouhani vowed that Soleimani would be avenged by Iran and the ‘free nations of the region’.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi said the strike was a “flagrant violation” of a security accord with the US, warning it would “spark a devastating war in Iraq.”
United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres said Friday the “world cannot afford” another Gulf war, following the killing of Iran’s top military commander by a US strike.
According to a spokesman for Guterres, in a statement said Guterres has consistently advocated for de-escalation in the Gulf,
“This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf”, he noted.