Iran-backed Iraqi militia leader promises Iraqi response to US air strike

In a photo taken on Jan 4, 2020, Qais al-Khazali (centre), commander of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq pro-Iran faction, attends the funeral procession of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and eigh
In a photo taken on Jan 4, 2020, Qais al-Khazali (centre), commander of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq pro-Iran faction, attends the funeral procession of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and eight others at the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq.PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - Iran-backed Iraqi militia commander Qais al-Khazali said on Wednesday (Jan 8) 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 Khazali, 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.