Iraqi diplomat says the US “went overboard” by killing Qasem Soleimani

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last January showed that the United States and the leading international coalition “went overboard,” said Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Karim Hashim Mostafa.

On January 3, the US launched a military operation in Baghdad to eliminate General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.

In response, the Iranian Army bombed two bases used by US military in Iraq with missiles, some 50 Americans suffered bruises.

Several hours later, pending a possible reprisal by the US, the Iranian military mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane. The 176 occupants of the ship lost their lives.

“What has happened shows that the forces of the international coalition went overboard. Iraq has already asked not to get entangled,” said the Iraqi diplomat when he met with Konstantin Kosachov, head of the International Relations Committee of the Federation Council ( Russian Senate).

In turn, Kosachov stressed the importance of overcoming the crisis in Iraq as soon as possible.

“It is clear that under conditions of misgovernment or a weak government, outside actors do not resist the temptation to take advantage of the situation to achieve their objectives, which certainly do not correspond to the national interests of Iraq,” said the Russian senator.

Kosachov said that on January 3, when Soleimani was killed in Iraq, “the coup was killed in Iraq by a government capable of acting.”

The US administration had explained that Soleimani was eliminated for preparing “imminent” attacks against US embassies.

US President Donald Trump said it was four specific embassies, but did not reveal in which countries. Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not confirm Trump’s statements.



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