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Timeline: How the Iran crisis unfolded after Qassem Soleimani's murder

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In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei/
In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei/   -   Copyright  Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP
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In the early hours on Friday, 3 January, the US conducted an airstrike at Baghdad airport that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The killing raised tensions to boiling point between the US and Iran, sparking fears of another war in the Middle East.

Here is a timeline of how events unfolded.

(All times approximate and in CET)