Esmail Qaani as New Chief of Irans Quds Force after Death of Qasem Soleimani

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Esmail Qaani as New Chief of Irans Quds Force after Death of Qasem Soleimani
Esmail Qaani is new Supreme leader of Iran's, appointed as the new head of the Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations arm after its commander, Qasem Soleimani, was killed on Friday in a US strike on Baghdad airport.

"Following the martyrdom of the glorious general haj Qasem Soleimani, Brigadier General Esmail Qaani as the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,"

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement posted on his official website.

"The orders for the (Quds) force remain exactly as they were during the leadership of martyr Soleimani," said Khameini. "I call on the members of the force to be present and cooperate with General Qaani and wish him divine prosperity, acceptance and guidance."

Qaani was described by Khamenei as one of the "most decorated commanders" of the Guards during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

Thousands of people on streets of Tehran to protest against American "Attack", reported an AFP correspondent, after Soleimani was killed in the strike.

Iraqi President Barham Saleh called for restraint after Soleimani's death.

"Time is to restrain themselves everyone," Saleh said in a statement, characterising the strike as an "aggression" and saying Iraq would be destabilised if "voices of reason" did not prevail.

Meanwhile, the leader of Iran's opposition group that has been in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called the killing an "irreparable blow" for Iran's Islamic regime.

"It is now time to expel the mullahs from the region, in particular Iraq, Syria and Lebanon," she added. Rajavi accused Soleimani of being "one of the biggest criminals in Iran's history" and "personally implicated in the massacre of thousands of people in the region."

The NCRI, the political wing of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), has long pressed for the overthrow for the Iranian regime from its Paris base.