Islamic State thanks 'allies' US for killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

Islamic State and the White House have something in common - they're both happy Qassem Soleimani is dead.

The Iranian general, leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed a week ago in a US drone strike.

As tensions with Iran rose and rockets were fired, the US halted its battle against Islamic State, which though weaker than it was a few years ago, still terrorises parts of Iraq and Syria. 

In its newspaper al-Naba, the jihadist group said Soleimani's death waws an act of "divine intervention" that would benefit them, BBC News reported.

Both Iran and the US have battled Islamic State, al-Naba calling the US "allies" in the editorial, despite the hostilities.

BBC News reports the magazine claimed Iran and the US would drain their energy and resources fighting each other.

Soleimani led Iran's efforts against Islamic State, overseeing operations by Kurdish and Shia forces. The US had accused him of planning attacks on US personnel in the region. 

Al-Naba was not on a list of publications banned by the Chief Censor provided to Newshub last year. Other Islamic State and al-Qaeda publications such as Dabiq, Inspire and Rumiyah were.

New Zealand and Australia have said they won't be removing their forces from the region just yet. Iraq has told the US to leave, but the US won't.

"There does... need to be a conversation between the US and Iraqi governments not just regarding security, but about our financial, economic, and diplomatic partnership," a spokesperson for the US State Department said on Saturday (NZ time).