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Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike

03 January, 2020 05:45

Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike. Hashad al Shaabi (PMU) deputy head also accompanied him.

US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The US helicopters carried out airstrikes that killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
The media bureau of the Iraqi voluntary forces – better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Shabai – described the attack as a  “cowardly US bombing”.
The IRGC announced this in a statement on Friday morning.
Qassem Soleimani killed in US airstrike
It further said Major General Soleimani and al-Muhandis were martyred in the attack carried out by US helicopters.
The Iraqi pro-government group also confirmed the incident.
“The deputy head of the Hashed, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and head of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, were killed in a US strike that targeted their car on the Baghdad International Airport road,” it a statement on Friday.
“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, a PMU spokesman.
The group had earlier said that its public relations director Mohammed Reza al-Jaberi and four other members of the group were also killed.
Three Katyusha rockets struck a military base next to Baghdad International Airport in the Iraqi capital.
The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles and injuring several people, the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s Security Media Cell said in an earlier statement.
Shortly after the attack, US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the strikes were carried out against two targets linked to Iran in Baghdad. The officials declined to give any further details.
Meanwhile, security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that eight people were killed in the attack.
The development came as the United States military said on Sunday it had carried out strikes in western Iraq against Kataib Hezbollah group, which is part of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units – better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi.

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