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Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike | BBC

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General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military commander, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq. Alongside local Iran-back militias, General Soleimani was killed early on Friday at Baghdad airport by a strike ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump. Bolstering Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups and expanding Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria have all happened under General Soleimani’s leadership. As this killing marks escalations in tensions between Tehran and Washington, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack. General Soleimani was the second most powerful figure in Iran next to the Ayatollah Khamenei, and his elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force, reported directly to the ayatollah. The air strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans after the Pentagon stated that General Soleimani was developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east

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