(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: State Dept RECALLS all Americans from #IRAQ after killing of Soleimani as Arab media reacts with Saudi paper claims he was planning an Iranian presidential run -Lebanese daily and protestors in Tehran and other cities take to the streets dressed in black praising their hero #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.03: Protestors dressed in black have marched in Tehran and other cities, decrying the killing on Thursday night of the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, which was ordered by Washington.People flooded the streets of Tehran after Friday prayers in honor of Soleimani and other officials killed during a US airstrike in Iraq’s capital.The mostly black-clad protesters were chanting traditional anti-American slogans like “Down with the US!” while also praising Soleimani as a “hero” of the nation. Many were carrying photos of the killed Quds commander and banners suggesting that the victim was “beloved” by the army.Some were displaying the words “Harsh revenge” on their banners, a reference to the promise of vengeance by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the army against those responsible for Soleimani’s death. The government has declared a three-day period of mourning throughout Iran.Thousands rally in response to US assassination of Iran’s commander #Soleimani https://t.co/CzbTI1MiB8

US State Dept calls Americans to leave #Iraq ‘immediately’ after assassination of #Soleimani MORE: http://bitly.com/37vLpU5 http://bitly.com/2rUQWoe RT_com IFTTT, [Jan 3, 2020 at 12:41]

Arab media reacts to killing: -Saudi paper claims Soleimani was planning an Iranian presidential run -Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar recalls his role in Hezbollah’s 2006 war with Israel http://bitly.com/39Dbxy7 http://bitly.com/2MMuTav http://twitter.com/MiddleEastEye/status/1213091553838870529 IFTTT, [Jan 3, 2020 at 13:36]

© @Ruptly pic.twitter.com/CZTuZSPkqg— RT (@RT_com) 3 января 2020 г.Just to give you an idea of what Qassem Soleimani meant to some Iranians, and this isn’t even Tehran. https://t.co/fjnxCgOHiL— Holly Dagres (@hdagres) 3 января 2020 г.Crowds of people have also been gathering outside Soleimani’s house in the central city of Kerman, where the Major General spent his youth and worked before joining the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad’s airport, along with Abud Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Tehran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militia and eight other officials. The Pentagon argued the killing was necessary to deter “future Iranian attack plans.”Iranian officials, meanwhile, have branded the airstrike as an “act of international terrorism.”Also on rt.comFILE PHOTO: Head of the Iranian Quds Force Qassem Soleimani (center) attending a meeting of Revolutionary Guard’s commanders in Tehran.Iran Quds Force commander killed in US strike on convoy at Baghdad airport RT World News

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