WORLD Intense military jet activity over Iraq capital: AFP

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Intense military jet activity over Iraq capital: AFP

AFP

09:59, January 08, 2020

Military jets could be seen flying over the Iraqi capital early Wednesday, hours after Tehran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases where US troops are located.

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Iraqi mourners gather at the Shaheed (martyr) Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr Bridge, named after Mohammed Baqr Al-Sadr, assassinated during the regime of ousted president Saddam Hussein in the 1980's, as they welcome the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran, in the southern city of Basra after it came from Iran on January 7, 2020 ahead on his burial. (Photo: AFP)

AFP's correspondents saw jets cutting through the clouds over Baghdad but could not immediately identify the planes.

Iran's strikes came in response to a US drone attack last week that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

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