Iranian Major General and Commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani was killed early Friday morning in an unexpected airstrike near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.
According to Sky News, Naim Qassem also died in U.S. airstrikes. Qassem is the deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah and is considered second in command of the group.
Early Friday morning, Reuters reported that three or four Katyusha rockets were launched from unknown militants in the region that struck the road and areas around the airport.
The news comes as tensions between the United States and Iran erupted on New Years Day after Iran-backed militia attempted to raid the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
Soleimani, who is considered to be a top Iranian general, was in a convoy from the airport along with Mohammad Al-Jabri, the Popular Mobilization Unit’s head of relations; and Haj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Deputy Chairman of the Popular Mobilization Committee, according to Newsweek.
In total, at least five were reported dead, as reported by the New York Times, with some independent estimates pinning a total number of eight, with 12 or more others injured in the attack.
This is a breaking story, for information will be added as it develops…