Oil jumped to almost $70 a barrel after a US air strike ordered by President Donald Trump a top Iranian general killed in Iraq, intensifying the fear of conflict in the largest producing region of the world’s oil. described in a turbulent start to the trading day by unusually strong volumes, futures in London and New York rose more than 4% to a level because the attacks do not appear on Saudi Arabia in oil production in September. The strike near Baghdad airport killed Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general that the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, after a statement from the Defense Ministry. Although influenced any oil facilities or production, the killing of one of the most powerful general of Iran is a provocation that ratchets up heighten tensions between Washington and Tehran, the fear of an armed conflict that could draw in other countries. As focus shifts as Iran’s response, the supreme leader of the country, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has promised “severe retaliation” Soleimani expected the killers, according to a statement. “This is a seismic event in the region,” said Jason Bordoff, a former Obama administration official who now works at Columbia University. “This is like the United States and Iran tit-for-tat spiral out of control. Iran to respond be severe and fatal. It certainly may include attacks intensified energy infrastructure.” Crude oil prices have compared some of their immediate midday gains Singapore, but remain at the highest level since September. Brent crude oil for March settlement was at $1.94, or 2.9%, to $68.19 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London at 07:11. Previously it jumped up 4.4% to $69.16 a barrel. In New York, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in February was 2.9% higher at $62.93 a barrel. The contract earlier in the more advanced than the 4.4% at $63.84, more than the level in September to its highest since May. Overall, the total volume for Brent and WTI was about 17 times the moving average 30 days. Tensions were after Iranian-backed Iraqi militia between Washington and Tehran to build the US embassy in Baghdad have made fatal raid to protest US air raids earlier this week. Saudi Arabia and turbines foreign oil tankers in and around the Persian Gulf have been the target of several attacks in the past year – a region that OPEC is one of the five largest producers. The United States and Iran are already over Trump crippling economic campaign against Tehran and suspected Iranian retaliation. The Minister of Defense Mark Esper said Thursday that America was prepared to use more force in Iraq after the attack on its embassy. Soleimani, the proxy militia that Iran extends the power in the Middle East, was US drone hit in an attack near Baghdad International Airport, according to a US official. Details still unclear, but a person familiar with the development, he said a leader of the Iraqi army, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was killed. The attacks more unstable markets. US stock futures fell and Asian stocks reversed earlier gains became known as the message. Gold and future Treasury rose to the yen, as investors sought safe havens. The strike escalates a situation already tense three-way between the United States and major oil producers Iran and Iraq. The two Middle Eastern countries combined pumped more than 6.7 million barrels of oil a day last month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, more than a fifth of the OPEC. energy exports from the two countries also rely on the Strait of Hormuz, the point of oil and the narrow and volatile starter gas, which is always in focus when tensions in the Middle East talent, particularly with Iran. “This is much more than bloody nose Iran,” Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at AxiTrader Ltd., said in a statement. “It is an aggressive show of force and a smooth provocation that could spark another war in the Middle East.” -With the help of Javier Blas.