Iraqi PM Says Killing Iranian General will ‘light the fuse” of War

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has condemned the killing of Iran’s commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, suggesting it will “light the fuse” of war.

The United States killed Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, in a strike at Baghdad airport. Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed.

“The assassination of an Iraqi military commander who holds an official position is considered aggression on Iraq … and the liquidation of leading Iraqi figures or those from a brotherly country on Iraqi soil is a massive breach of sovereignty,” Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said.

Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi resigned in November because of anti-government protests, but remains in office. Abdul Mahdi says that the U.S. has violated its terms of military presence in Iraq who was in Iraq as primarily to train Iraqi forces to fight ISIS.

Abdul Mahdi has called on Iraq’s parliament to take provisions necessary to safeguard Iraq’s dignity, security, and sovereignty. Some officials have called for parliament to expel U.S. forces from Iraq.

The rest of the story is at Reuters.