News guide: Why US killing of Iran general triggers global alarm
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News guide: Why US killing of Iran general triggers global alarm

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The killing of Iran's military figure — Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani of the Revolutionary Guard's elite fighting force — in a U.S. airstrike near the Baghdad airport could have a huge, immediate and lasting impact.

Killings of major political and military figures have been a recurring factor in the modern Middle East, often presenting a defining moment and changing the contours of history in several instances.

Whether carried out by a foreign or domestic attacker, the slayings — including some high-profile assassinations — have derailed promising peace efforts, fueled tinderbox conflicts or ushered in new leadership.

The U.S. action could be such a moment as the region and world braces for Tehran’s retaliation and a potential wider conflict that could draw in various nations and militias. Read on to learn more about the fallout and implications.

Why US killing of Iran general triggers global alarms

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For Iranians whose icons since the Islamic Revolution have been stern-faced clergy, Gen. Qassem Soleimani was a popular figure of national resilience in the face of four decades of U.S. pressure.

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