(VIDEO) Qasem Soleimani: Iran vows 'severe revenge' for top general's death

Iran's supreme leader has vowed "severe revenge" on those responsible for the death of top military commander Qasem Soleimani..

Soleimani was killed by an air strike at Baghdad airport early on Friday ordered by US President Donald Trump.

The 62-year-old Soleimani spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as head of the elite Quds Force.

Mr Trump said the US took its action to stop, not start, a war. But the killing marks a major escalation in tensions.

US officials have said 3,000 additional troops will be sent to the Middle East as a precaution.

Soleimani was widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported directly to the ayatollah and Soleimani was hailed as a heroic national figure.



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