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Soleimani's killing a tactical win, but a strategic error

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Few in the United States are mourning Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the feared commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force who had extended Iran's often lethal tentacles across a swathe of the Middle East and beyond.

But many are worrying about what it may have unleashed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline Soleimani's killing a tactical win, but a strategic error. Subscribe