Baghdad: Iran’s elite Quds Force chief, General Qasim Sulaimani, along with six others was killed following a US airstrike at Baghdad’s International Airport on Thursday. It was reported by Al Jazeera. ”
According to Iraqi officials and state television, in addition to Sulaimani, Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was killed in the attack. Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a group of Iranian-backed militias, also confirmed the death of Suleimani and Muhandis.
Al Jazeera reported that the incident proved to be a target strike, and sources said the rockets destroyed two vehicles carrying “high profile guests”.
The attack will further deteriorate US relations with Iran and Iraq. It’s been days since an Iranian-backed militia and other protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. The United States has vowed to take action against the violations by protesters.
The attack on the embassy is a response to an airstrike by US refugees that killed at least 25 people in the PMF.