The Pentagon confirmed the death of General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, saying attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump [File: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters]

General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed early on Friday alongside six others following a US air raid at Baghdad’s international airport.

Soleimani acquired celebrity status at home and abroad as leader of the foreign arm of the Revolutionary Guards and for his key role in fighting in Syria and Iraq.

He was instrumental in the spread of Iranian influence in the Middle East, which the United States and Tehran’s regional foes Saudi Arabia and Israel have struggled to keep in check.


He survived several assassination attempts against

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