Commander of Iran's Quds Force Qasem Soleimani (Photo: AFP)
CAIRO – 3 January 2020: Head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force and Hashed al-Shaabi militia in Iraq Qasem Soleimani was killed in an attack on Baghdad's airport early Friday, Iraqi state TV reported during the early hours of Friday.
According to a statement from the Iraqi military, rockets slammed into the airport early Friday, targeting a Hashed paramilitary convoy.
Iraqi State television reported Soleimani's death in a breaking news alert, citing sources from the Hashed, which is dominated by Shiite-majority factions close to Tehran.
The airport attack also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the group's deputy chief.
President Donald Trump tweeted a picture of the American flag after the death of Soleimani was announced.