The Pentagon confirmed US forces killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, during the attack on Friday.
Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack, a militia spokesman said
Iran’s foreign minister says the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani was “an extremely dangerous and foolish escalation”.
The killing of a top Iranian general during a US airstrike at Baghdad airport has been condemned by Iran as “an extremely dangerous and foolish escalation”.
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani,” the Pentagon said in a statement.