Iran’s ambassador to Iraq confirmed that IRGC Quds Force Commander Qaani had visited Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister al-Kadhimi, President Salih and other senior Iraqi officials, highlighting that Qaani “continues the same mission pursued by his predecessor General Qassem Soleimani”. The envoy insisted that “Iran’s movements in Iraq have taken place in the context of strengthening the government and encouraging political factions and movements to integrate”. He further described “the U.S. presence as the source of threats to the region… [which] must end with the withdrawal of U.S. forces”, adding: “Resistance groups have a serious problem with the Americans. Trump should not threaten or provoke anyone… If they act against the resistance groups, [the resistance groups] will surely respond”.
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