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Iran appeared to have calibrated its attack to avoid stoking further USA retaliation, giving some early warning to its Iraqi allies to avoid casualties.

The body of Soleimani, a national hero to many Iranians but viewed as a unsafe villain by Western governments opposed to the Islamic Republic, had been taken to Iraqi and Iranian cities before arriving in Kerman for burial. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has vowed revenge for the killing.

Officials told the NYT that US Central Command and Joint Special Operations Command began planning Soleimani's assassination in September, discussing the option of killing the general in Syria or Iraq.

The Iraqi prime minister said his country rejects all violations against its sovereignty, including the barrage of ballistic missiles that Iranian forces fired targeting against USA troops in Iraq and also America's violation of Iraq's airspace in the airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week. US military commanders say that a hasty coalition retreat could imperil efforts to contain the threat and risk seeing the group become more active.

"Soleimani was pushing an agenda of expanding terror across the Middle East".

The United States said it was disappointed in the result. Representatives from those groups, including the Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, attended funeral events in Tehran.

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Trump has promised to target 52 Iranian sites if Iran retaliates.

Iraq's parliament called on Sunday for USA and other foreign troops to leave amid a growing backlash against the US killing of a top Iranian military commander that has heightened fears of a wider Middle East conflict. But U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper denied there had been any decision to pull out.

President Donald Trump and his top advisers are being pressured to disclose more detail about the intelligence that led him to order the killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

About 5,000 USA troops are still in Iraq, where there has been a US military presence since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003.

These were the details of the news Iraq asks USA to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal for this day.

The Iraqi prime minister has repeatedly insisted that USA troop withdrawal was the only path toward de-escalation.

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The statement, from the office of the Iraqi caretaker prime minister, said the request came in a telephone call between Abdul-Mahdi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night.

The deal has been unraveling since Trump pulled the United States out from it in 2018.

Both sides appeared to step back on Wednesday after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases housing American troops in Iraq without causing any casualties. His administration said Soleimani was planning new attacks on USA interests without giving evidence.

The death of a top Iranian general in an American missile strike was long overdue, the leaders of a USA -based pro-democracy group said on Tuesday, and might "open a window" for dissidents to challenge a weakened government in Tehran. "We would have been culpably negligent to the American people had we not made the decision we made", he said.

President Donald Trump responded angrily to the parliament vote, threatening to sanction Iraq and demanding reimbursement for investments made in the country over the past two decades if the government insists on USA forces leaving.

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