The two religious authorities Najaf and Qom have divergent views on Iraq's political affairs.
Behind the scenes in Iran, Soleimani is a key figure who has had more influence on Iran's foreign policy over the last twenty years than almost anyone else.
Iran's official news agency says colonel was killed while defending a Shia Muslim shrine in the city of Samarra.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei warned on Saturday that enemies were focusing on triggering civil wars in the region.
Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters.
Revered by Anbar youth as a protector of their rights, Iraqi Sunni leader Ahmad al-Alwani has recently taken heat for allegedly inciting Sunnis to kill Shiites.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi claims that Hezbollah and Iran are providing “material support” to former South Yemen President Ali Salim al-Beidh.
After shunning the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration, Ayatollah Ali Sistani granted Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a meeting.
As the sanctions on Iran have reduced the number of Iranian tourists visiting Iraq, Baghdad should remedy the situation by diversifying its tourism sector.
Iran’s parliament has published a report delineating the reasons behind the fall of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.