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Iranian major general who commanded the Quds Force

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Qasem Soleimani: Iranian major general who commanded the Quds Force
Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and, from 1998 until his death in 2020, commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations. In his later years, he was considered the second most powerful person in Iran behind Ayatollah Khamenei. and his right-hand man.

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Pompeo grilled on Soleimani's killing, transparency [Video]

Pompeo grilled on Soleimani's killing, transparency

Democratic congressman Andy Levin asks U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to show him on a map "which of our embassies were under threat of imminent attack so that you had to kill general Soleimani..

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Rouhani: Iran will never hold talks with US 'under pressure' [Video]

Rouhani: Iran will never hold talks with US 'under pressure'

Iran has said will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday (February 16), adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published
Iran marks revolution anniversary amid U.S. tensions [Video]

Iran marks revolution anniversary amid U.S. tensions

Tens of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran on Tuesday morning to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, against a backdrop of escalating tensions with the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published
Irans mark revolution anniversary amid U.S. tensions [Video]

Irans mark revolution anniversary amid U.S. tensions

Tens of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of Tehran on Tuesday morning to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, against a backdrop of escalating tensions with the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

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To preserve Shi'ite power in Iraq, Iran-backed groups turn to renegade cleric

When the grip of Iraq's Tehran-backed Shi'ite Muslim parties and militias threatened to slip following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, they turned to an unpredictable rival.
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Killing of Iranian commander will bring liberation of Jerusalem: Guards spokesman

The killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani will lead to the liberation of Jerusalem, the spokesman for the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday, according to the Tasnim news agency.
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Tehran-backed Hezbollah steps in to guide Iraqi militias in Soleimani's wake

Shortly after Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the Tehran-backed Lebanese organization Hezbollah urgently met with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to..
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Slain commander Soleimani sought stability: Iranian president

Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military commander killed in a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3 in Baghdad, had sought to bring stability to the Middle East, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
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In death, Iran's Soleimani bequeaths perilous dilemma for Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters)- - A month after a U.S. missile killed him, Qassem Soleimani looms as large over Iraq's fractured democracy as he ever did alive.
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Iraq says it resumes anti-Islamic State operations with U.S. coalition

Iraq's military said on Thursday it was resuming operations with the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, which it had halted after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by U.S. forces..
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U.S. threat to kill Soleimani successor a sign of 'governmental terrorism': Iran foreign ministry spokesman

The U.S threat to kill the successor to Iran's General Qassem Soleimani is a sign of "America's targeted and governmental terrorism", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday.
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U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Syria and Iraq, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian..
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Successor to slain Iran general faces same fate if he kills Americans: U.S. envoy

The U.S. special representative for Iran said the successor to Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, would suffer the same fate if he followed a similar path of killing Americans,..
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Soleimani killing adds dangerous new dimension to Iraq unrest

Iranian-backed Shi'ite factions have exhorted Iraqis to turn out for a "million-strong" march on Friday aimed at whipping up anti-American sentiment as the United States' struggle with Iran plays out..
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Militia ally of Iran's Soleimani shot dead in southwest Iran: IRNA

Gunmen in Iran shot dead a commander of the hardline Basij militia who was an ally of Qassem Soleimani, the senior Revolutionary Guards commander killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the official..
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Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani's last minutes before death: CNN

U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday..
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Pompeo says Soleimani killing part of new strategy to deter U.S. foes

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said Qassem Soleimani was killed as part of a broader strategy of deterring challenges by U.S. foes that also applies to China and Russia, further diluting..
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Trump: Timing of threat from Soleimani 'doesn't really matter'

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, and said "it doesn't really matter" whether Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the United States.
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U.S. top attorney: Killing Soleimani 'legitimate,' Trump had authority

President Donald Trump clearly had authority to kill Qassem Soleimani, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Monday, adding that the White House consulted with his department before the strike on..
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Iran won't target Strait of Hormuz over Soleimani killing: analysts

Iran is unlikely to block the Strait of Hormuz, the world's busiest oil-shipping channel, in reprisal for the killing of Qassem Soleimani for fear of aggravating its Gulf allies and China, regional..
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Trump: 'Doesn't really matter' if there was an imminent threat from Soleimani

President Donald Trump on Monday morning defended his decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, contending Soleimani posed an impending threat to the United States but also saying that was..
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Hezbollah: It's time for Iran's allies to start working to avenge Soleimani

Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday it was time for Iran's allies to begin working to retaliate for the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani though it would be a "long path" to the goal of ejecting..
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Trump believes Iran was targeting four U.S. embassies: Fox News

President Donald Trump said on Friday Iran probably had targeted the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and was aiming to attack four U.S. embassies when its top general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S...
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U.S. envoy says it seems Iran concluded response to Soleimani killing

U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook said on Friday it seems that Iran has concluded its retaliation for the U.S. killing of senior Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
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Trump cites plot to 'blow up' U.S. embassy as element in decision to kill Soleimani

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani shortly after he landed in Iraq last week in part because "they were looking to blow up..
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Exclusive: Informants in Iraq, Syria helped U.S. kill Iran's Soleimani - sources

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Pelosi does not believe Soleimani strike made the U.S. safer

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she did not believe President Donald Trump's administration had made the United States safer by killing Iranian military commander..
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At U.N., U.S. justifies killing Iranian commander as self-defense

The United States told the United Nations on Wednesday that the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani was self-defense and vowed to take additional action "as necessary" in the Middle East to..
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Trump avoids escalating crisis, says Iran is 'standing down'

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Trump says U.S. does not have to use military against Iran

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States did not necessarily have to use its military power against Iran, in an apparent attempt to defuse a crisis over the American killing of..
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Highlights: Trump addresses Iran situation

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave a national address on the escalating tensions with Iran, hours after Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. The..
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Netanyahu says any country attacking Israel will be dealt 'strongest blow'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned that his country would strike back hard against anyone who attacked it, as he reiterated his support for the U.S. killing of Iranian..
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Iran-allied Iraqi political bloc says Tehran had a right to respond: Iraqi state news agency

An Iraqi political alliance backed by Iran said on Wednesday that Washington's killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis gave Tehran the right to..
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Iran and the US: how did it come to this and what's next?

Tit-for-tat attacks by Iran and the United States have seen tensions boil over again. How did it start? Who was Qassem Soleimani? And what will happen next?
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Iran responding to U.S. by cutting off America's 'leg' in region: report

Iran's president told the United States on Wednesday that Washington might have "cut off the arm" of General Qassem Soleimani but America's "leg" in the region would be cut off in response, Iran's Fars..
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Iran does not seek war but will give a crushing response to attacks: tweet

Iran is not seeking war but it will deliver a crushing response to any aggression, the government spokesman said on Wednesday, a few hours after Tehran hit U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation to the..
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Iran's Revolutionary Guards confirm rocket attack on U.S. forces in Iraq

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed on Wednesday that it fired rockets at a U.S. air base in Iraq in revenge for the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, according to a..
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Pro-democracy Iranians in U.S. say death of Soleimani could open a window for dissidents

The death of a top Iranian general in an American missile strike was long overdue, the leaders of a U.S.-based pro-democracy group said on Tuesday, and might "open a window" for dissidents to challenge..
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U.S. should expect Iran to retaliate, defense secretary says

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Pompeo tiptoes away from talk of 'imminent' attack planned by Iran's Soleimani

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Tuesday to further distance himself from his assertion last week that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani planned imminent attacks on U.S. targets before he was..
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U.S. should expect some form of Iranian retaliation: Pentagon

The United States should expect that Iran will retaliate over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday.
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Iranian commander was planning attack within days: Esper

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Kosovo arrests Iran supporter over comments after Soleimani's death

Kosovo police arrested a woman on Tuesday accused of inciting terrorist acts for social media comments against the United States over the killing of Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani.
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France urges Iran to avoid exacerbating tensions in Middle East: President

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Iran on Tuesday to avoid any actions that could worsen tensions in the Middle East after the killing of a top Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone..
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Thousands mourn Iran-backed paramilitary linchpin in southern Iraq

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Iran starts burial of slain commander Soleimani: ISNA

Iran started the burial of slain Commander Qassem Soleimani in a cemetery in his home town of Kerman on Tuesday, ISNA news agency reported, after a delay prompted by a stampede in the city where tens..
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Soleimani was not in Baghdad on a diplomatic mission: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was not in Baghdad pursuing a peaceful diplomatic mission when the United States killed him in a drone..
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Germany cuts troop numbers in Iraq after Soleimani killing

Germany is moving some of its military personnel from Iraq to neighboring countries over security concerns, days after the killing of a top Iranian military commander in a U.S. drone strike.
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Iran summons Brazil's charge d'affaires in Tehran after Soleimani comments

Iran has summoned Brazil's Chargé d'Affaires in Tehran after the government in Brasilia expressed support for the United States in the "fight against the scourge of terrorism" following the death of..
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Iran says death toll in funeral stampede reaches 40: Fars

Iran said on Tuesday a stampede among mourners during the funeral ceremony for slain commander Qassem Soleimani has reached 40, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, citing an emergency services..
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Britain says war with Iran would strengthen militants

Britain on Tuesday called for calm after the United States killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and said a war with Iran would only benefit Islamist militants across the Middle East.
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