BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran promised vengeance after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qassem Soleimani, Tehran’s most prominent military commander and the architect of its growing influence in the Middle East. Soleimani, a 62-year-old general who headed the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The overnight attack, authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump, was a dramatic escalation in a “shadow war” in the Middle East between Iran and the United States and American allies, principally Israel and Saudi Arabia. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the strike aimed to disrupt an “imminent attack” that would have endangered Americans in the Middle East. Democratic critics called the Republican president reckless and said he had raised the risk of more violence in a dangerous region. Trump said in Palm Beach, Florida that the United States attacked to stop a war not to start one. He said he does not seek “regime change” in Iran but also stated that Iran’s use of proxy fighters in the Middle East must end. Pompeo declined to give details of the threat, but said in interviews with… Read full this story
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