Iran to target US military sites, says Khamenei aide

Iran will target US military sites in response to the killing of its top commander in a drone attack at Baghdad airport on Thursday night, a senior military official told CNN in Tehran.

Hossein Dehghan, above, former defence minister and current military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said

Tehran was not seeking war. America started it and they will get a befitting reply. Washington should not seek a new cycle of violence after that, Dehghan said.

On Donald Trump’s threat to hit Iranian cultural sites if Americans are targeted, Dehghan said the US president has no grasp of international law nor does he respect the UN resolution that forbids him from targeting such sites.

If Trump still orders attacks on the sites, no American soldier, military base or vessel will be safe since they are accessible to Iran, Dehghan said.

House votes to expel US troops from Iraq

In Iraq, the parliament held an an extraordinary session on Sunday and voted for a resolution requiring the government to order the withdrawal of the remaining 5,000 US troops from the country.

Lawmakers said Iraqi forces can protest the country after the defeat of Islamic State.

Earlier, Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said the assassination of the Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport was an assault on the sovereignty and dignity of Iraq.

Calling it a dangerous move, Mahdi said the incident could snowball into another devastating war in the region.

Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said the drone attack at Baghdad airport should have been done with the agreement of the Iraqi government. It was a blatant violation of international rules, al-Jabouri added.