Intel source says Qassem Soleimani’s comments during a meeting with Iraqi groups ‘not far off’ a call to arms, may have led the US to pull diplomatic staff from countries.
Top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has met with Iran-linked Iraqi militias in Baghdad, telling them to “prepare for a proxy war,” according to a report Thursday, amid rapidly rising tensions between the Washington and Tehran.
Soleimani called the militias for a meeting three weeks ago, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear when the meeting actually took place.
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(Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)