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The Latest: Tensions spike after US kills top Iran general

by Ace Damon

BAGHDAD (AP) – The last US air strike near Baghdad that killed Iran's top general:

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Iran's foreign minister says the US air raid near Baghdad airport, which killed Iran's top general, is "undoubtedly an act of state terrorism."

Mohammad Javad Zarif also calls the air strike a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

"Perhaps America's action was a response to the pain this great man inflicted on them," Zarif said of General Qassem Soleimani, chief of Iran's Quds Force elite.

The killing will make the people of Iran more united and "will also make US policies more outrageous and less effective than before," he said.

The targeted assassination could attract Iranian retaliation against US interests in the region and enter into a much larger conflict.

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The United States killed Iran's top general in an air strike at Baghdad International Airport, an attack that threatens to dramatically increase tensions in the region. The targeted assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran's elite Quds Force chief, could attract Iranian retaliation against US interests in the region and enter into a much larger conflict.

The Department of Defense says it killed Soleimani because "it was actively developing plans to attack US diplomats and military personnel in Iraq and throughout the region." A consultant to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is warning US President Donald Trump of retaliation.

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