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Leader of Iraq’s Kurdistan region sends condolences to Iran over Gen. Soleimani’s martyrdom

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
President of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani

President of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region Nechirvan Barzani has offered condolences to Iran over the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), by the US military on Iraqi soil.

In a message to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday, Nechirvan Barzani, the president of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) expressed regret and concerns over the loss of the senior IRGC commander.

He offered his condolences to Ayatollah Khamenei and the bereaved family of the popular Iranian commander.

The Iraqi Kurdish leader described Soleimani as “a friend of us in the fight against dictatorship and our supporter and comrade against the Daesh terrorist group.”

General Soleimani along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), was assassinated during the early hours of Friday. Four other Iranians and four more Iraqis in their company were also martyred.

The Pentagon said in a statement that President Donald Trump ordered the US military to assassinate the Iranian commander.Iran has sworn “harsh revenge” against the US for its terrorist operation.

Iran has sworn “harsh revenge” against the US for its terrorist operation.

Earlier on Tuesday Iran’s Parliament (Majlis)unanimously passed a motion designating the Pentagon and all subsidiaries terrorist and  allocated 200 million euros from the National Development Fund of Iran to the IRGC’s Quds Force, now led by Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani following General Soleimani’s martyrdom.

General Soleimani is viewed by the world's freedom-seeking people as the key figure in the Middle East battles that led to the collapse of Daesh, the world’s most notorious terror group.

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