Iraq signals unease with Iran general's battlefield prominence

April 16, 2015 9:08 PM

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Iraq signals unease with Iran general's battlefield prominence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq's battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq's battlefields.

Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's al-Quds brigade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was almost an invisible man until Islamic State's Sunni jihadists overran cities in northern and central Iraq last year.

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