Iraqi President calls for calm

Iraqi President calls for calm after US strike

Iraqi President Barham Saleh today called for restraint after a US strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Paramilitary Chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis outside Baghdad airport. Characterizing the strike as an aggression, he said, Iraq would be destabilized, if voices of reason did not prevail. 

The situation in Iraq is very fragile, very precarious. I urge restraint on all sides. Iraq cannot be condemned to another cycle of violence. We have had too many wars over the last four decades.“

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