Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has extended condolences to Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the martyrdom of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in an American drone strike in Iraq.
In a message on Sunday, the senior Iraqi Shiite cleric offered his condolences to Ayatollah Khamenei on the loss of General Soleimani.
“The deceased’s exceptional role throughout years of battle against the elements of Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and the extensive troubles he endured in this path are unforgettable,” Ayatollah Sistani said in the message.
The top Iraqi cleric also expressed his condolences to Ayatollah Khamenei, the family of General Soleimani, the Iranian nation, and to the people of Kerman –the late Iranian general’s hometown.
General Soleimani, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.
The White House and the Pentagon confirmed that the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.