Iran official on Soleimani killing: ‘The response for a military action is military action’

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said Saturday “the response for a military action is military action,” as fears grew that a U.S. airstrike that killed the head of Tehran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its security and intelligence strategy will draw Washington and the Middle East region into a broader military conflict.

Iran has already vowed an unspecified harsh retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani near the Iraqi capital’s international airport on Thursday. President Donald Trump said he ordered the strike to prevent a conflict with Iran because Soleimani was plotting attacks that endangered American troops and officials.

No evidence was provided.

A U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said that at least two missiles or mortars landed in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Saturday. The embassy was not hit. It was not immediately clear if they caused injuries elsewhere or who fired them. Iraq media reported that at least three Iraqi military personnel were injured in the attack.

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