Jan 7, 2020 - World

Top Iranian official appears to mimic Trump tweet from Soleimani's killing

In this image, a person holds the Iranian flag

Iranian flag at an anti-war protest in Times Square, New York City, Jan. 4. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

Senior Iranian official Saeed Jalili, who previously served as the country's chief nuclear negotiator, tweeted an image of the Iranian flag on Tuesday as Iran made its first direct retaliation against the U.S. for killing top general Qasem Soleimani.

The backstory: President Trump tweeted an American flag on the night the U.S. killed Soleimani with an airstrike near Baghdad's international airport. Jalili's tweet comes as Iran fires over a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are stationed.

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