- UK government has reacted to the killing of an Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani
- Soleimani was killed in Baghdad international airport during an airstrike by the American government
- Dominic Raab, the UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, however, said that the British government recognised the aggressive threat posed Soleimani
Amid criticisms by some world leaders over the killing of an Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, by the American government, the United Kingdom, has supported US' decision on the late general.
Legit.ng reports that the UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Dominic Raab, in a tweet on Friday, January 3, said the British government had recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Soleimani.
Raab, however, urged the parties involved in the crisis to sheathe their swords, adding that further conflict would not be in their interests.
He said: "We have always recognised the aggressive threat posed by the Iranian Quds force led by Qasem Soleimani. Following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is in none of our interests."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a report by the CNN in Baghdad indicated that President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike at Baghdad international airport that killed Soleimani, a key Iranian military commander, in a decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad.
It was reported that the report said the airstrike, which was intended to deter future Iranian attack plans, was confirmed by the Pentagon on Thursday, January 2.
According to the report, the assassination of the top military leader marked a major escalation in regional tensions that have pitted Tehran against the US and Washington's Gulf Arab allies in the region.
The CNN's report also quoted Pentagon as saying that Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members, and the wounding of thousands more.
The Pentagon also blamed the Iranian general for orchestrating attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in recent months, including an attack on December 27, that culminated in the deaths of an American contractor and Iraqi personnel.
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