The Department of Defense confirmed that the U.S. military killed the Iranian regime’s top military general Qassim Soleimani (or Qassem Soleimani) at the direction of President Donald Trump.
Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed by a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad International Airport early Friday morning local time.
The strikes came after reports that at least three Katyusha rockets were fired on an Iraqi military base housing coalition counter-terrorism forces.
Soleimani’s death was confirmed by Iraqi TV, three Iraqi officials, and Iranian state TV.
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” the Department of Defense (DoD) said in a statement late Thursday.