Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani killed in airstrike by U.S at Baghdad Airport
On Friday early Morning Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani the head of the elite Quds Force and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahadi al-Muhandis were Killed in an air strike on their convoy at Baghdad airport.
Ahmed al-Assadi a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces Umbrella grouping of Iran backed militias.
Strikes had been carried out against two targets linked to Iran in Baghdad on Thursday ,U.S.officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to give any further details.
Iraqi paramilitary groups said on Friday that three rockets hit Baghdad International Airport, killing five members of Iraqi paramilitary groups and two "guests."
The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles, killing and injuring several people.
Soleimani, who has led the foreign arm of the Revolutionary Guards and has had a key role in fighting in Syria and Iraq, acquired celebrity status at home and abroad.
He was instrumental in the spread of Iranian influence in the Middle East, which the United States and Tehran's regional foes Saudi Arabia and Israel have struggled to keep in check.
He survived several assassination attempts against him by Western, Israeli and Arab agencies over the past two decades.