Two waves of airstrikes were launched against US military facilities in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, housing US-led coalition forces on Wednesday morning following the assassination of the Commander of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force Qasem Soleimani last week.
Iraqi militia commander Qais al-Khazali (HINT: He’s a leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, a group within Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units) said on Wednesday that Baghdad would follow Iran’s response to the killing of its top military commander Qasem Soleimani on 3 January by the US, Reuters reported. Al-Khazali noted that the Iraqi response would not be “any less” than Tehran’s retaliation, following the death of Iraqi Shia Kata’ib Hezbollah leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who was also killed in the US strike.
“The initial Iranian response to the assassination of the martyred commander Soleimani has happened. Now it is time for the initial response to the assassination of the martyred commander Muhandis. And because Iraqis are brave and zealous, their response will not be any less than that of Iran’s. That is a promise”, al-Khazali was quoted as saying.