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Iran has vowed “harsh retaliation” for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad’s airport that killed Tehran’s top general and the architect of its interventions across the Middle East.

The United States is urging its citizens to leave Iraq “immediately.”

In Tehran, thousands of worshipers took to the streets after Friday prayers to condemn the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani in a U.S. airstrike. 🎥: AP  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-02/trumps-biggest-foreign-policy-gamble 

In ordering the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, one of Iran’s highest-ranking officials, Trump has taken one of the biggest gambles of his presidency — a step that appears to lead the U.S. on a path toward escalated warfare.

Our analysis:  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-02/trumps-biggest-foreign-policy-gamble 

The targeted killing of Qassem Suleimani is likely to dominate the political debate on Capitol Hill and elsewhere over whether the action amounted to an act of war — and if Trump had the authority to undertake it without congressional approval.

The Trump administration defended the killing, saying Suleimani was planning attacks that would have left “hundreds” of Americans dead.

U.S. defense officials told the Associated Press that nearly 3,000 more Army troops were heading to the Middle East.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/iran-vows-harsh-reponse-after-general-killed-us-airstrike 

Local law enforcement sources say that patrols have been stepped up at transit hubs and other key potential targets in Southern California.

However, officials emphasized that there are no credible threats locally.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-03/killing-of-iranian-general-has-california-authorities-boosting-security-eying-iranian-assets 

If you’re Iranian American or have family in Iran or Iraq, we want to understand how you're feeling and what questions you have about the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani

Please let us know using the following link:  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-03/iran-america-questions-trump-suleimani-iraq 

Trump has rejected concerns that his decision to kill Gen. Qassem Suleimani, would draw the U.S. into a wider conflict in the Middle East.

“We took action last night to stop a war,” he said. “We did not take action to start a war.”  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/iran-vows-harsh-reponse-after-general-killed-us-airstrike 

Presidential candidates are attacking Trump for ordering the killing of Iran’s top general, saying his recklessness risks dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

On Wall Street, defense-sector stocks rose following the targeted killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, as the U.S. braces for escalated conflict in the region.  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-01-03/defense-stocks-qassem-suleimani 

Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport.

Get updates throughout the day from the Los Angeles Times’ team around the globe:  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/liveblog/live-updates-trump-orders-iran-general-soleimani-killed 

Israel had advance notice of the U.S. plan to kill Iranian military leader Gen. Qassem Suleimani.

An Israeli army officer with knowledge of Israeli military assessments told the Los Angeles Times that the attack on Suleimani “did not come as a surprise.”

The U.S. airstrike ordered by Trump that killed Gen. Qassem Suleimani, marks a major escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions.

Here’s what you need to know about Suleimani, his role in the region and what his death means for the U.S.:  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/what-happened-in-iran-qassem-suleimani-trump 

Crude oil prices have jumped in response to the targeted killing of Iran’s top general.

California drivers could see gasoline prices climb too.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/oil-prices-surge-markets-mixed-after-us-kills-iran-general 

President Trump says he ordered the drone strikes that killed Iran’s top military leader to prevent future attacks against Americans.

“We caught him in the act and terminated him."  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/iran-vows-harsh-reponse-after-general-killed-us-airstrike 

So far, few elected Democratic officials have directly accused Trump of launching the attack to divert attention from his impeachment and impending Senate trial, appearing reluctant to mix the politics of two of Congress’ gravest responsibilities.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-03/killing-iranian-suleimani-american-political-debate 

Suleimani wasn’t mentioned publicly as a possible target. But behind the scenes, Trump’s decision set off a furious effort by the Pentagon, CIA and others to locate the Iranian general and put in place military assets to kill him.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/how-trump-made-the-decision-to-kill-suleimani 

In many places across the U.S., local officials pledged to increase security patrols and in some cases declared their areas on high alert in response to Iranian vows for revenge.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/us-cities-on-alert-after-killing-of-iran-leader-qassem-suleiman 

The vice president wrote a series of tweets seeking to justify the targeted killing of the Iranian general. But scholars say his assertions aren't grounded in fact.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-03/pence-suleimani-terrorism 

In California, Persians are shocked, alarmed or relieved at the U.S. assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-04/la-me-iran-suleimani-killing-reaction 

The U.S. strike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top general may mark a death blow for American political influence in Iraq.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-04/as-iraq-reels-from-u-s-strikes-its-politicians-turn-against-washington 

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