BREAKING: Iranian Revolutionary Guard Leader Qasem Soleimani, Other Pro-Iranian Leaders Taken Out in Strike Near U.S. Forces in Baghdad

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard faces new sanctions from U.S. President Donald Trump as he has declined to re-certify the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. But what is this organization? (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2016 photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard faces new sanctions from U.S. President Donald Trump as he has declined to re-certify the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. But what is this organization? (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

 

Lot of things popping in Baghdad right now, and the facts are still emerging, so we’ll tell you what we know so far and update as more comes in.

There were missiles that hit at or near the Baghdad airport where there is a U.S and Iraqi counter-terrorism force.

Also hit were two SUVs on a service road near the airport. Several people were killed in an SUV belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces group, the pro-Iranian people who had a hand in the attack on the U.S. Embassy two days ago.

One person apparently confirmed dead was Mohammed Ridha who was seen outside the embassy during the attack.

The PMF is admitting that Ridha/Reda was killed. The reports are that Ridha may have been picking up high profile folks at the airport.

But the question is who were the “special guests” who were with him who apparently were also taken out in the strike?

Reports are now coming in that one of the people in the car was a big hit – the IRGC head Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for many American deaths. Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had deemed equally as dangerous as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died in a strike by U.S.-led forces in October, according to Fox.

Iraqi state media reported that Soleimani and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were both killed in the attack.

The PMF is blaming the U.S. and Israel for the strike, but the U.S. has not confirmed their involvement as yet. The PMF official admitted that seven people were killed in the strike.

Soleimani is believed to have had a hand in directing the attack on the U.S. Embassy on Dec. 31. According to an Alhurra report, Soleimani had helped get a pro-Iranian head of security for the Green Zone installed specifically to help aid in such an attack. As we noted yesterday, this obviously would have had security implications for future safety at the embassies.

The Pentagon is now confirming the U.S. did the strike.

President Donald Trump tweeted this:

This is developing and we will update.