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US kills Iran's General Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport

US kills Iran's General Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad airport 


Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad International airport.

White House and Pentagon confirmed the killing of Soleimani in Iraq. At least 8 people were killed in the attack. 

The drone strike comes days after protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, clashing with US forces at the scene. The Pentagon said General Soleimani approved the attacks on the embassy.

His death exacerbated already-high tensions between Iran and the United States and triggered concerns of retaliation from Iranian forces. 

After the news of Soleimani’s death, oil prices jumped more than 4% and fuelling fears of a conflict in the crude-rich region.

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