US forces have killed Iran’s top general in a drone airstrike on Baghdad airport – an attack that marks a dramatic escalation of tensions with Tehran.

Iran immediately threatened a “crushing revenge” for the assassination in Iraq of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East.

The Pentagon confirmed US forces had killed the general, a revered figure in the region.

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