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Soleimani Iran’s ‘national hero’: Russsian defense minister

TEHRAN: In a telephone conversation with the Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagher on Monday, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu named Lit. Gen. Soleimani a ‘national hero’. Underlining Lit. Gen. Soleimani’s role in combat with terrorism in Iraq and Syria, Shoygu expressed condolences over his assassination …

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Millions pack Tehran streets to pay homage to Gen. Soleimani

The coffins of Gen. Soleimani and Iraq’s anti-terror commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was also assassinated in Friday’s attack, were draped in their national flags and passed from hand to hand across the heads of mourners. General Soleimani’s daughter, Zeinab, addressed the crowd, saying “the name Haj Qassem Soleimani is …

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General Soleimani ‘martyr of Quds’: Hamas chief Haniyeh

TEHRAN: General Qassem Soleimani is a “martyr of Quds” for he devoted his life to supporting the Palestinian people’s struggle against Israel and his assassination by the United States is in many ways similar to crimes committed by the Israeli regime, says Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. General Soleimani, commander of …

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Netanyahu drops clanger, calls Israel ‘nuclear power’

TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, in an apparent stumble, called the occupying entity a “nuclear power” before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile. Netanyahu made the terrible blunder in a cabinet meeting on Sunday, while reading Hebrew notes on a deal with Greece …

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Iran renames airport, route after Lieutenant General Soleimani

TEHRAN: Iranian authorities say a busy airport southwest of the country and a key freeway linked to the capital Tehran have been renamed after Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of Iran’s elite Quds military force who was assassinated by the US military in Iraq earlier this week. Iran’s …

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Velayati: Region will turn into new Vietnam if US refuses to leave

TEHRAN: A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says if the United States continues to keep its forces in the Middle East, the region will turn into a new Vietnam for Washington. “Americans took a foolish move by assassinating him and they must leave …

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Iraqi foreign ministry summons US envoy over ‘violation of sovereignty’

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi foreign ministry has summoned US ambassador Matthew Tueller to condemn recent American strikes in the capital Baghdad that resulted in the assassination of Iran’s top military commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. In a statement released …

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Iraq’s Sistani condoles with Ayatollah Khamenei on Soleimani assassination

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has offered condolences to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei over the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). “The news of the martyrdom of the …

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Yemeni forces hit gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries in Asir with missiles

SANA’A: Yemeni forces have targeted a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Asir with domestically-manufactured missiles in retaliation for airstrikes by the kingdom, a Yemeni military source says. Citing an unnamed military source, the media bureau of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement reported that Yemeni missile defense …

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