Clare: Rockets fired toward Baghdad airport, at least 7 dead, officials say
Al Mayadeen banner states Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of the PMU, was targeted in the convoy that was hit by an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport
JJimmyJJ: Mainstream media reporting that Qassem Soleimani was killed by shelling while driving to Baghdad Airport. I believe someone was saying something about removing Iranian influence from Iraq? This is very good news for Iraq, IMO.
OlLar: This is a game changer , this has to shake up Rhohani and Khomani(spelling) Soleimani is the 3rd if not 2nd most powerful man in Iran, so glad to see this evil POS gone
JJimmyJJ: Interesting sentence about Soleimani from social media:
“If your view is Suleimani can easily be replaced, you know nothing…It’s like losing your JSOC commander, CIA director & foreign minister — all at once.” (In his opinion).
In my opinion, the US just cut off the head if the snake of Iranian influence in Iraq and Syria; and the influence of Iran within the GOI just took a severe enough hit that those who are still in town are likely to be looking for new protectors.
Risk1: War is not coming….I don’t post much but a few days ago i posted Iraq had to make a decision. Do they want to align themselves with the US> or Iran. This terrorist was killed at the Baghdad airport, the Baghdad airport!!!!. This is, or could be a major change in the political climate in Iraq, for the better. IMO>>In order for Iraq to re-enter the global community Iranian influence in Iraq had to be stomped out……What happened tonight might be the start …..
Clare: Iran’s Soleimani And Iraq’s Muhandis Killed In U.S. Air Strike: Militia Spokesman
January 3, 2020 By Ahmed Rasheed
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed early on Friday in an air strike on their convoy at Baghdad airport, an Iraqi militia spokesman told Reuters.
“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed militias.
U.S. officials told Reuters that strikes had been carried out against two targets linked to Iran in Baghdad.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to give any further details.
Three rockets hit Baghdad International Airport, killing five members of Iraqi paramilitary groups and two “guests”, Iraqi paramilitary groups said on Friday.
The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles, killing and injuring several people.
(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali in Washington; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Peter Cooney)