Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi blasted Friday the killing of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force, in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq at dawn.

The airstrike is a “breach of Iraq’s sovereignty”, Abdul-Mahdi said in a written statement, and that this act may lead to a war in Iraq, the region and the world.

The airstrike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militant group, or Popular Mobilization Units.

Abdul-Mahdi stressed that Soleimani and al-Muhandis were symbols of the victory against the Daesh/ISIS terror group.

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