Shiite Iraqis mark anniversary of top Iranian general's assassination

Hundreds of Shiite Iraqis converged on central Baghdad’s Tahrir Square early on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the twin assassinations by US airstrike of a top Iranian general and a leader of an Iraqi powerful Shiite militia. Last year’s US strike near Baghdad airport killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi militia, along with several other Iran-allied militiamen. Soleimani, 62, was considered one of Iran’s most influential military leaders, wielding influence in Iraq, Syria and other parts…

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