January 3, 2020 / 10:46 AM / 20 days ago

Iraq president condemns U.S. strike, urges restraint

FILE PHOTO: Iraq's President Barham Salih delivers a televised speech to people in Baghdad, Iraq October 31, 2019. The Presidency of the Republic of Iraq Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned on Friday the U.S. air strike on Baghdad airport that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds force, and urged restraint from all parties.

Iraq must put its put national interest first and avoid the tragedies of armed conflict that have plagued it over four decades, he said in a statement.

Reporting By Maha El Dahan and Ahmed Aboulenein; editing by John Stonestreet

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