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Iran names deputy commander of Quds force to replace Soleimani after killing

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Iran's supreme leader appointed the deputy commander of the Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, as the replacement for Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who was killed in a US air strike on Friday, state media reported.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in a statement that program of the Quds Force, the military unit responsible for projecting Iran's influence via proxies across the Middle East, “will be unchanged from the time of his predecessor.”

Ghaani became deputy commander of the Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, in 1997 when Soleimani became the Force's chief commander.

Ghaani was quoted by Iranian media as saying in 2017 that US President Donald Trump's “threats against Iran will damage America ... We have buried many ... like Trump and know how to fight against America.”