October 15, 2017 / 8:45 AM / 2 months ago

Iran's Soleimani arrives in Kurdish region for talks about crisis with Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani has arrived in Iraq’s Kurdistan region for talks about the escalating crisis between the Kurdish authorities and the Iraqi government following the Kurdish independence referendum, a Kurdish official said on Sunday.

Soleimani is the commander of foreign operations for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, a military corp providing training and weapons to Iraqi paramilitary groups backing the Shi‘ite-led government in Baghdad.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; writing by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Louise Heavens

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