Ayatollah Sistani condoles Iran Supreme Leader on martyrdom of General Soleimani

<p style="text-align: left;">Senior Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani in a message to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei extended his condolences on the sad occasion of martyrdom of commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

"The news of the martyrdom of Haj Qasem Soleimani was the source of regret and grief. Rare role of late Soleimani in fighting Daesh (IS) in Iraq and their many efforts that they have tolerated in this regard cannot be forgotten," Ayatollah Sistani said in his message.

"I express my condolences on the loss of that great martyr to you (Supreme Leader) and to all noble Iranian nation, especially the dear people of Kerman and pray to God for the highest position of late General Soleimani and patience for his family," the senior cleric added.

Lieutenant General Soleimani and the acting commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) - known as the Hash al-Shaabi - Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, who were separately leaving Baghdad airport in two cars were targeted and assassinated on Friday.

Iraqi media said the US helicopters targeted both cars.

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