Behind Baghdad Airport Attack That Killed
Iranian Quds Commander
By Sputnik News
January 03, 2020 "Information
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Earlier in the
day, Iraq's Shia Popular Mobilization
Forces (PMF) said on Friday that five
members of the militia as well as “two
guests” had been killed by rocket fire
near the Baghdad International Airport,
Commander of the Quds
Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani,
was killed by the rocket fire near
the Baghdad International Airport, Al
Arabiya and Sky News broadcasters
reported on Friday.
The United States carried out on
Friday strikes on two Iran-linked
targets in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad,
the Reuters news agency reported, citing
unnamed US officials.
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The US Department of Defence has not
responded to a request on the issue made
Earlier in the day, a source in the
Iraqi security services said that
several people had been killed by the
Iraq's Shia Popular Mobilization
Forces said its senior official in
charge of public relations, Mohammed
Jabiri, had been killed in the incident
along with four other members of the
militia and “two guests.”
The situation in Iraq escalated on
Tuesday when Shia protesters attempted
to storm the gates of the US Embassy in
Baghdad following airstrikes on an
Iran-backed unit of Kataib Hezbollah
operating in the country.
'An Explicit Act of War': Senior Iranian
Military Official Qasem Soleimani
Reportedly Killed in Baghdad Drone
"It's like Iran killing the head of the
CIA or the Mossad on foreign soil."
By Eoin Higgins, staff writer
A drone strike believed to be from
the U.S. military at or near the Baghdad
killed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps Major General Qasem
Soleimani, an act that observers warned
could mark a significant step toward a
hot war in the region.
Soleimani's death was not confirmed
at press time by either the U.S. or
"The Trump administration just
plunged the region into a likely massive
sectarian and bloody crisis—and along
with it, this country," tweeted Al
Jazeera journalist Sana Saeed.
"Cautious to overstate the potential but
it's hard to ignore that targeting
Soleimani is an explicit act of war."
The Trump administration just plunged the region into a likely massive sectarian and bloody crisis - and along with it, this country. Cautious to overstate the potential but it’s hard to ignore that targeting Soleimani is an explicit act of war. https://t.co/wtv0SABazv
The strike came less than 24 hours
after acting Secretary of Defense Mark
told reporters that the U.S.
military was willing and ready to
undertake pre-emptive strikes against
Iranian-backed militants in Iraq, a
reaction to protests outside of the
American embassy in Baghdad paralyzed
the 104-acre complex.
"If we get word of attacks, we will
take preemptive action as well to
protect American forces, protect
American lives," said Esper. The game
The strike killed five people,
including the pro-Iranian chief of
an umbrella group for Iraqi
militias, Iraqi television reported
and militia officials confirmed. The
militia chief, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,
was a strongly pro-Iranian figure.
Journalist Rania Khalek took to
social media to explain the situation
and the context of Soleimani's place in
the Iranian military.
"Most Americans won't understand the
gravity of this,"
said Khalek. "Qasem Soleimani is
head of the Iranian IRGC's elite Quds
Force, which conducts operations outside
of Iran in both Iraq and Syria."
The National's deputy
foreign editor Jack Moore described the
importance of the strike as tantamount
to Iran killing Gina Haspel.
"It's like Iran killing the head of
the CIA or the Mossad on foreign soil,"
said Moore. "This isn't just about
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