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US Mid-East bases and Israel on top alert for Iran’s reprisal

US bases across the Middle East and Israel’s Defense Forces went on the highest level of security after Washington confirmed that a US helicopter strike at Baghdad international airport early Friday killed top Iranian commander, the IRGC Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Official sources in Tehran responded to the killing of Qassem Soleimani  by calling it a “declaration of war.” Revolutionary Guards officials confirmed the general’s death.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Friday that a harsh revenge awaits the “criminals” who killed Soleimani and that the attack will double the motivation of the resistance against the US and Israel.

Khamenei called for three days of mourning in Iran for Soleimani.

Defense Minister and acting prime minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, along with security officials, will meet at the Kirya in Tel Aviv on Friday morning to discuss the security situation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to shorten his current trip to Greece and return to Israel early in light of recent developments, Israeli media reports.