The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad’s international airport in Iraq, following a directive by President of the United States, Donald Trump.
A U.S airstrike killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces on Friday, January 3, 2019.
The U.S Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
In a statement on Friday, the Pentagon (White House) said President Trump ordered the air strike that killed powerful Iranian general because he was planning attacks against US diplomats and other targets.
The Pentagon said that Soleimani was “actively developing plans” to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq.
“Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iraqi paramilitary group that attempted to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31, 2019, was also reportedly killed in the drone strike,” the Pentagon said.