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Erdogan: Iran Cannot Leave Assassination Of Soleimani Unanswered

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Erdogan: Iran Cannot Leave Assassination Of Soleimani Unanswered

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It will be wrong to leave the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Qods Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, unanswered, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told CNN Turk.

“I believe the killing of any commander from the top echelons of any country should not be left without a response,” the Turkish President said commenting on the developments around the Soleimani’s assassination.

Erdogan added  that in the recent phone call he asked US President Donald Trump to “refrain from escalation with Iran.”

“It is crucial now to take control of the crisis which might cause harm to all the parties concerned,” Erdogan noted.

On January 3, Major General Qassem Soleimani as well as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and several other Iraqi and Iranian officers were killed by US strikes on the Iraqi capital of Bahdad. The US attac, seen by Iran as an act of war, put the entire region on the brink of a new large-scale military conflict.

On January 5, the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel US forces from the country and close airspace for the US-led coalition. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi also revealed that on the day of the assassination Soleimani arrived in Baghdad under an official request from the Iraqi government. He was expected to receive de-escalation proposals from Saudi Arabia. This initiative was reportedly supported by US President Donald Trump during a phone call with the Iraqi Prime Minister.

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