New air attack on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq before the funeral of General Soleimani
BAGHDAD: A new coup of pro-Iranian fighters in Iraq Saturday morning, as fears grew that a power war broke out between Washington and Tehran one day after a US drone attack killed a senior Iranian general.
It came hours ahead of a planned mourning march for I ran ian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraq i paramilitary heavyweight Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, slain in a precision drone strike by the US in Baghdad on Friday.
The murder was the most dramatic escalation so far in a spiral of tensions between I ran and the United States, which pledged to send more troops to the region even when U.S. President Donald Trump insisted he didn't want war.
The killing was the most dramatic escalation yet in spiralling tensions between the US and I ran , which Iraq is fear could play out in their homeland.
Almost exactly 24 hours later, a new strike targeted a convoy belonging to the Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraq i paramilitary network whose Shia-majority factions have close ties to I ran , the group said in a statement.
It did not say who was responsible but Iraq i state television reported it was a US air strike.
A police source told AFP that the bombing north of Baghdad left dead and wounded, without providing a specific toll. There were no immediate comments from the United States.
The assassination of Soleimani, who had led the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' foreign operations branch and was I ran 's pointman on Iraq , rattled the region. US officials said the 62-year-old, who had been blacklisted by the US, was killed when a drone hit his vehicle near Baghdad's international airport.
A total of five Revolutionary Guards and five Hashed members died in the attack.
Their bodies were to be carried through an elaborate procession of mourning on Saturday, beginning with a state funeral in Baghdad and ending at the sanctuary of the city of Najaf.
The bodies of the Guards would then be sent to I ran , which had declared three days of mourning for Soleimani.
Tehran has already appointed Soleimani's deputy, Esmail Qaani, to succeed him.