Iraq: Rockets fired by Iran-backed terrorists – Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani eliminated in US drone strike
BREAKING: At least three missiles fired by Iran-backed terrorists hit Baghdad International Airport. Locals report huge explosions heard in the area. Iraqi officials report at least seven people killed in the attack.
The airport is located near a military base that hosts US forces and the Iraqi Army.
According to initial reports, 12 Iraqi soldiers have been injured as a result of the attack.
Local sources report that a senior terror group leader and multiple terrorists were eliminated in a targeted assassination near Baghdad International Airport following the rocket attack.
PMF terror group confirmed that five of its terrorists were eliminated in the strikes, along with two Iranian terrorists.
According to sources, the senior terrorist eliminated was Hezbollah leader Mohammed al-Kawthrani, Qassem Soleimani’s frontman in Iraq.
Two SUVs were directly hit in the road leading in-out the civilian Baghdad International Airport. “Body parts were seen everywhere”, according to witnesses.
Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s extra-territorial terror group Quds Force chief, was eliminated in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. The White House said President Trump ordered the strike in the early hours of Friday.
Muslim terrorist Qassem Soleimani was targeted while being driven from Baghdad airport by local Iran-backed terrorists from the PMU terror group.
The deputy head of the PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, a close Soleimani associate, was also eliminated in the strike.
Reports of US military helicopters taking off from the airport and flying over the area.
Video from the airport shows several locations on fire after the attack. The rockets landed near the joint US-Iraqi anti-terrorism center. One rocket hit the air cargo zone near the civilian runway.
“General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” a Pentagon statement said. “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”
Minutes before the statement Trump tweeted a US flag.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, ordered three days of mourning and vowed that the US would face “severe revenge” for the killing.
Earlier this week, thousands of terrorists rushed through the heavily fortified Green Zone following the funerals for 25 Iranian-backed terrorists eliminated in US airstrikes Sunday in Iraq and Syria, in retaliation for an American defense contractor killed in Iraq Friday.
President Trump tweeted that Iran “will pay a very big price” for any damage or loss of life. “This is not a warning, it is a threat,” he said.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded by saying the US “can’t do a damn thing”.
The US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s alert brigade has been issued orders to deploy rapidly to Kuwait and a Deployment Ready Brigade of 4,000 has been put on notice for imminent deployment, amid rising tensions between Iran and the US.
The US had already flown a rapid response team of Marines into Baghdad to reinforce its embassy after the attack Tuesday.