politics U.S. Reaper Drone Left Soleimani With Little Chance

  • Top Iranian general was tracked from Beirut to Baghdad
  • Soleimani’s celebrity status likely aided U.S. intelligence

Even before Iranian General Qassem Soleimani got off a commercial airliner in Baghdad last week, his fate was already sealed.

The sequence of events that led to the killing of the Quds Force commander — and sent Mideast tensions soaring — began hours earlier in Beirut. It was in the Lebanese capital that the U.S., aware of Soleimani’s travel plans, watched him board the plane headed to Baghdad International Airport, according to a U.S. official familiar with the strike.

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