US Order Killing of Senior Iranian Military Leader

The United States has admitted that it launched a military attack which killed Qasem Soleimani, a senior Iranian general. The attack made at Baghdad airport was authorised by Donald Trump, the President of the United States, in response to an attack on a US embassy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, warned of “severe revenge” in response to the attacks. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, urged restraint and said in a statement:

“We have always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qasem Soleimani. Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is in none of our interests.”