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The U.S. air strike in Iraq that killed the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force took out a man seen as Tehran’s “second-most powerful man.” Speaking on January 3 in Prague, the director of Radio Farda, RFE/RL’s Persian Service, Mehdi Parpanchi, called Qasem Suleimani “irreplaceable,” in part because of his close connections with Iranian military proxies throughout the Middle East.
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[1] Analysis: Slain Quds Force Commander 'Irreplaceable' For Iran ➤