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Iran-backed Iraqi militia leader promises Iraqi response to U.S. air strike - tweet

FILE PHOTO: Qais al-Khazali, leader of the militant group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Najaf, Iraq November 24, 2018. Picture taken November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani/File Photo

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran-backed Iraqi militia commander Qais al-Khazali said on Wednesday that Iran had made its initial response for the United States killing its top general, and it was now time for Iraq to do so as well.

Iraq’s response will not be lesser than that of Iran’s tweeted Khazaili, who leads the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group which the United States has designated a terrorist organisation.

“The initial Iranian response to the assassination of the martyred commander Soleimani has happened. Now it is time for the initial response to the assassination of the martyred commander Muhandis. And because Iraqis are brave and zealous, their response will not be any less than that or Iran’s. That is a promise,” he said.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Alison Williams