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TREASURIES-Yields drop after U.S. kills top Iranian commander

Karen Brettell

NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields fell sharply on Friday on safety buying after a U.S. air strike killed Iran Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, increasing tensions between the two countries. The Pentagon said on Thursday that Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack Americans in Iraq and the Middle East. Benchmark 10-year note yields were last 1.821%, after falling as low as 1.795% overnight, which was the lowest since Dec. 12. They closed at 1.882% on Thursday.

January 3 Friday 7:24AM New York / 1224 GMT

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(Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)