America and Iran FACE TO FACE
America and Iran face to face
America and Iran face to face due to there recent activities.Dozens of people have been killed in the Iranian city of Kerman during the funeral procession for Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military commander who was assassinated last week in an air strike in Baghdad by the United States. The assassination of Soleimani triggered a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region and marked the most significant confrontation between the United States and Iran in recent years.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei warned that "a harsh retaliation is waiting", while US President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites "very hard" if Tehran attacked US citizens or assets.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, January 7
Iraq PM says received signed US 'withdrawal' letter
Iraq's premier Adel Abdul Mahdi confirmed he received what the US said was a draft letter describing steps its military would take to "move out" of Iraq.
The Pentagon had said an unsigned draft version of the letter had been mistakenly sent, but the Iraqi premier disputed that claim.
In a cabinet meeting televised on Tuesday evening, Abdul Mahdi said he had received signed and translated copies at 8:00pm local time (1700 GMT) Monday.
Death toll reaches 56 in Kerman stampede
A stampede that broke out at the funeral processions for top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike, reached 56, according to Iranian state TV.
More than 200 others were injured as thousands thronged the procession.
Earlier, the head of the country's emergency services, Pirhossein Koolivand, told state television that "32 of our citizens lost their lives in the procession ... and 190 were injured" due to "overcrowding".
Iran starts Soleimani's burial
Iran started the burial of Soleimani in a cemetery in his hometown of Kerman on Tuesday, ISNA news agency reported, after a delay prompted by a stampede in the city where tens of thousands of mourners had gathered earlier in the day.
"A few minutes ago his body was transferred to the martyrs section of Kerman cemetery," the agency reported, saying the burial was starting.
UK will leave Iraq if Baghdad asks us to go, says defence minister
Britain wants to keep its troops in Iraq but will pull out if Baghdad so demands, its defence minister, Ben Wallace has said.
"We are ... trying to get them to say that it's in your best interest for us to remain," Wallace told parliament. "(But) we will respect Iraqi sovereignty. If they require us to leave, that is their right and we will respect it."
Iraq's Parliament called on Sunday for US and other foreign troops to leave after the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport.
NATO moving some personnel out of Iraq
NATO is moving some of its trainers out of Iraq, a NATO official said, following fears of a regional conflict in the wake of a US drone strike on Iran's top military commander last week.
"We are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people. This includes the temporary repositioning of some personnel to different locations both inside and outside of Iraq," a NATO official told Reuters.
The NATO Iraq mission, made up of several hundred trainers, advisers and support staff from both countries of the 29-member alliance and non-NATO partner countries, includes military and civilian personnel.
France not planning to cut troop numbers in Iraq
France has no plans to cut its troop numbers from Iraq for the moment following the killing of a top Iranian military commander that has exacerbated tensions in the region, a French government source has said.
The source added that security around French troops would be reinforced.
France provides training and logistical support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces as part of anti-Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS) coalition in the country.
Soleimani was not in Baghdad on a diplomatic mission, says Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was not in Baghdad pursuing a peaceful diplomatic mission when the United States killed him in a drone attack last week.
"Is there any history that would indicate that it was remotely possible that this kind gentleman, this diplomat of great order - Qassem Soleimani - had travelled to Baghdad for the idea of conducting a peace mission?" Pompeo told reporters.
"We know that wasn't true."
Muhandis's body arrives in Iraq
The body of deputy leader of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces or PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was also killed in a United States airstrike near Baghdad airport, has arrived from Tehran for burial at the holy city of Najaf.
"The DNA testing was completed in Iran successfully, allowing for Muhandis's body to be separated from the body of Soleimani. His body was returned to Iraq this morning," a PMF media representative told Al Jazeera.
Protest in New Delhi against Soleimani's killing
Dozens of people took part in a march protesting against the killing of Soleimani in New Delhi.
The protesters, including women and children, carrying placards and pictures of Soleimani and Iran's supreme leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei marched from Nehru Memorial Museum & Library towards the US embassy in Chanakyapuri - a diplomatic enclave in the Indian capital.
The placards read: "Trump is a war criminal", "Trump, you Israeli puppet" and "Trump you an embarrassment to humanity".
"We want to give this message that we are against the tyranny and oppression," Maulana Qasim Zaidi, a religious leader of the Shia community in New Delhi, told Al Jazeera.
So what is the next step of these both countries and the step they take good for the other countries or not?
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