Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unity

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a top Iranian general has arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq’s fractured political leaders as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts the chances the country’s latest prime minister-designate can form a government. Esmail Ghaani, head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force, arrived in Iraq on his first public visit to the country since succeeding slain Iranian general Qassim Soleimani. His arrival at Baghdad airport came amid a days-long curfew to stem the spread of the coronavirus that has halted inbound and outbound flights. The four officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.