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Soleimani killing tests Iran's ties with Malaysia and Indonesia

Southeast Asian countries face choice between Tehran and Saudi Arabia

| Malaysia

The killing of Qassem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander, by the U.S. has turned the spotlight on Iran's global links, especially with the Islamic world. The U.S. is watching closely who in the Muslim world, outside the Middle East, will stand with Iran or, worse from its perspective, support Iran in its quest for revenge.

Iran is trying its best to use the killing to rally support among the international Muslim community -- which includes Indonesia, with the world's largest Muslim population, and Malaysia, both deemed moderate by the West. How their governments and populations side will indicate how well the U.S.'s efforts to isolate Iran are working since Soleimani's death.

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