MADRID, Jan. 3 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The head of the Bard Organization, the military branch of the Islamic Council of Iraq, Hadi al Amiri, will be the substitute for Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, who has died in an attack by the United States in Baghdad, as 'number two' of the militia Shia Popular Mobilization Forces, as announced by the head of Iraqi Intelligence, Abí Ali al Basri, quoted by the official news agency NINA.
The United States has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Baghdad airport in which Al Muhandis, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, and another ten people have died.
Washington has explained that its intention was to “protect US personnel abroad”, ensuring that Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack US diplomats in Iraq and throughout the region.”
The acting Prime Minister of Iraq, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has condemned the US attack, denouncing that it is an “aggression” by an ally, has questioned the presence of US troops in the country and has called an extraordinary session of Parliament for this Sunday in order to “take the necessary measures to preserve the dignity, security and sovereignty of Iraq.”
He has also called on Iraqis to come to the funeral at 10.00 (local time) on Saturday for the “martyrs” of the US attack, which will take place in Hassanein Square in Baghdad.
Iran has also designated a successor to Soleimani. The supreme leader, Ali Jamenei, has announced that he will be the 'number two' of the Force to the Quds, Brigadier General Esmail Qaani.
Soleimani was a fundamental figure to understand the presence of Iran in the main conflicts of the region and as the executing arm of Jamenei's policy. Ayatollah has recognized that it is a “bitter loss” for Tehran and has promised “revenge.”