January 3, 2020 / 12:15 PM / 15 days ago

Pompeo says U.S. committed to de-escalation after killing Soleimani

Jan 3 (Reuters) - Washington is committed to “de-escalation” after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Qassem Soleimani, the architect of Iran’s growing military influence in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday.

Pompeo said on Twitter that he spoke to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi about the U.S. decision to eliminate Soleimani, who commanded Iran’s elite Quds Force.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; ; editing by John Stonestreet

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