January 8, 2020 / 8:14 AM / a month ago

Iran responding to U.S. by cutting off America's "leg" in region - report

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray near the coffins of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2020. Official President's Website/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s president told the United States on Wednesday that Washington might have “cut off the arm” of General Qassem Soleimani but America’s “leg” in the region would be cut off in response, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

President Hassan Rouhani made his comments after Iran launched missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq, an action that Tehran said was in retaliation to a U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani last week.

Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Edmund Blair

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