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Pentagon chief denies U.S. is leaving Iraq; slain commander mourned by Tehran throngs

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, following reports by Reuters and other media of an American military letter informing Iraqi officials about repositioning troops in preparation for leaving the country.

Timeline: U.S.-Iran relations from 1953 coup to 2020 commander killing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran promised harsh revenge after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its growing military influence in the Middle East.