President Trump and the might of the United States military have had enough of the Iranian interference in Baghdad.
Iraqi TV and three Iraqi officials officials said Friday that Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, has been killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport.
The officials said the strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces confirmed the deaths of Soleimani and Mahdi al-Muhandis in a post to social media Friday morning local time.
The PMF said Soleimani and Mahdi al-Muhandis were targeted in a strike on a road at the Baghdad International Airport.
Popular Mobilization Forces are part of a larger umbrella group that includes a number of Shia militant groups supported by Iran.
Military Times reached out to Operation Inherent Resolve and the Pentagon seeking comment about this rocket attack near the Baghdad airport but did not immediately receive a response.
The Department of Defense said in a statement, “At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.
He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel.”
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