Qassem Soleimani killing: Prominent red ring on finger helped identify Iranian general

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The United States' killing of Iran's most prominent military commander, Qassem Soleimani, is virtual to starting a war and "the response for a military action is a military action", Iran's UN ambassador said on Friday.

President Rouhani made the remarks during a recent visit to General Soleimani's house where he expressed his condolences to the killed military leader's family that prominently shaped Iran's foreign policy in the Middle East.

O'Brien insisted that the White House had factored in the potential expulsion of U.S. troops from Iraq before striking the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force commander and Muhandis, but critics contend that the assassinations have made it harder for Iraqi politicians to justify the presence of American troops in the country.

The coffins were first brought to a revered Shiite shrine in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, where thousands of mourners chanted "Death to America". "Iranian confrontation", al-Sheikh said.

Earlier on Saturday, Iraq's PMF had said further air strikes near camp Taji had killed six people and critically wounded three when they hit a convoy of medics. -Iranian hostilities in Iraq since last week when pro-Iranian militia attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after a deadly U.S. air raid on the Kataib Hezbollah militia, founded by Muhandis.

"The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there... vital American targets in the region have been identified by Iran since a long time ago", said General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in the southern province of Kerman, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Some said that Soleimani and Muhandis had backed the use of force against unarmed anti-Government protesters previous year, and had established militias that demonstrators blame for many of Iraq's social and economic woes.

Is the killing Soleimani a "declaration of war"?

The United States could seek to justify killing Soleimani under Article 51 of the UN Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack.

Following the assassination, European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell urged all parties "to exercise maximum restraint and show responsibility in this crucial moment".

The U.S. strike followed a sharp increase in U.S.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed "harsh retaliation" after the airstrike, calling Soleimani the "international face of resistance".

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Soleimani's home in Tehran to express his condolences. They will suffer the consequences of such criminal measure not only today, but also throughout the years to come, ' Rouhani said.

"The UK can not afford to be neutral if we want to be a serious global player but this is a very, very risky situation and I think that the job we have to do is as one of the US's closest allies is to use our influence to argue for more consistent U.S. policy".

"I don't think there will be a war, but we must get his revenge", said Hojjat Sanieefar.

How has Iran and Iraq reacted?

. Iran or Iranian-sponsored groups have carried out terrorist attacks or plots in Germany, France, Bulgaria, Cyprus and elsewhere.

Iranian policemen hold pictures of the late Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, during a protest in front of United Nation office in Tehran, Iran, on Friday.

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