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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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Trump vetoes Iran war powers resolution [Video]

Trump vetoes Iran war powers resolution

On Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed the Iran war powers resolution, which would have limited the president's ability to wage war against Iran as he wages a campaign of maximum pressure..

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Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination

Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike.
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U.S. offers $10 million for information on Hezbollah commander in Iraq

The United States on Friday offered up to $10 million for information on Sheikh Mohammad al-Kawtharani, a senior military commander of the Islamist group Hezbollah in Iraq who was an associate of the..
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Fractures grow among Iraq militias, spell political retreat

In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed weeks before alongside Iranian military mastermind Qassem..
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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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Interested in diplomacy, but not in negotiating with US: Iran

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday said Tehran was interested in diplomacy but not in negotiating with the US which had not kept its word, indicating the bitterness and chill between the..
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Like Iran, India too mourns Soleimani assassination: Javad Zarif

Describing the shooting down of the Ukrainian airline as "unforgivable”, Zarif said, "the accidental shooting happened because there was a crisis. People made unforgivable mistakes." Calling for a..
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'India can play a role in de-escalating tensions in Gulf': Iran FM Javad Zarif meets PM Modi, NSA Doval

Zarif arrived in India on Tuesday on a three-day visit in the midst of spiralling tension between Iran and the US over the killing of Iranian general Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani.
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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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India starts voluntary disclosure scheme for persons flying non-compliant drones

The aviation ministry announced a voluntary scheme for all persons flying drones which are violating regulations, asking them to register themselves by January 31, days after a US drone attack killed..
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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

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. Four soldiers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rode with him. They parked near a staircase..
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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'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from days of angry rhetoric against Iran as the two countries tried to defuse a crisis over the American killing of Iranian military commander..
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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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Iran not looking for war, airstrike in Iraq part of our response, says Tehran's envoy to India

Iran's Ambassador to India Ali Chegeni on Wednesday said that Tehran is "not looking for war," a statement which comes amid heightened tension between the US and Tehran following the killing of Iranian..
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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 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 will welcome any Indian peace initiative for de-escalating its tensions with US: Iranian Envoy

Iran will welcome any peace initiative by India for de-escalating its tensions with the US after the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian envoy in New Delhi said on..
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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

The United States should expect Iran to retaliate over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday, as a top Tehran general vowed a..
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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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PM Modi, Donald Trump review regional security

Exchanging New Year greetings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump discussed way to enhance Indo-US cooperation in areas of mutual interest and reviewed regional security issues...
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Iranian commander was planning attack within days: Esper

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was "more than fair to say" the attack that Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning was to be executed in days rather than..
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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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