Local and Arab media sources revealed the details of the operation that targeted the Iranian “Quds Force” commander, General Qassem Soleimani , and the deputy leader of the “Popular Mobilization” militias, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and a number of the two aides in Baghdad, but the Iraqi military, intelligence and political sources confirmed It will cause an earthquake at the level of the narrow circles that Iran has planned around its citizens in Syria and Iraq who are citizens of both countries. The data reveals that Washington succeeded in penetrating these circles and obtaining the date of the arrival of Soleimani and the plane in which he was traveling, and even the car that came to the runway at Baghdad airport to take him with another car designated for his assistants, until targeting them after they left the airport precisely, which was crowded with passengers coming To Baghdad and its departures, in an area where civilians were likely to be affected by the impending strike zero.
Through the Syrian “Cham Wings Airlines” company, Soleimani landed at twelve thirds at night at Baghdad Airport, coming from Damascus on a trip in which he accompanied his daughter-in-law, an officer in the Revolutionary Guards, in addition to another figure who was not recognized quickly because of the absence of the American strike, the features of her face .
As for Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, a close friend of Soleimani since the days of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and the deputy commander of the “Popular Mobilization”, the most reliable Iranian arm in Iraq , accompanied by Muhammad Reza, who appeared with him in the siege of the American embassy a few days ago in Baghdad and holds the position of The chief of ceremonies of the “Popular Mobilization” who is also the husband of the daughter of the engineer, along with Muhammad Al-Shaibani, Haider Ali and others, they were on the old cargo plane runway, a small runway canceled and then developed to be for private and small aircraft that officials in Iraq usually use.
After Soleimani and his companions landed, two Star X minibuses were waiting for them, and everyone distributed on both cars and left the airport from the services gate without passing through the security gates or even passport officers, before the cars crossed Abbas Bin Firnas Square, the first crossroads leading to Baghdad Airport, and about 300 meters from Bin Firnas Square at a security entrance for inspection, the two cars were targeted simultaneously and at the moment when the place was empty, except for the two cars.
The first call from the security control point called “Control 4” of the Federal Police, spoke about the fall of Katyusha rockets, one of which struck a car. For about five minutes, this call was continued with the security leaders in what is known as “Central”, which is the Baghdad Operations Command, and it was expected to respond Armed factions to strike Qaim. And since the American forces are setting up their camp adjacent to the airport, what appeared to be another attack like previous Katyusha attacks on the camp. However, the arrival of the security forces on the scene changed the call, after the cars and the bodies, some of which were charred, were extinguished. After about 20 minutes, the identities of the dead were identified by another leader in the “crowd”, Abu Muntazir al-Husseini, one of the leaders close to Qasim Soleimani, and was aware of his arrival.
A senior Iraqi security official in Baghdad told “local and Arab media” that the majority of the dead bodies are incomplete due to the rockets that targeted the two cars and made holes in the asphalt of the street, adding “the last thing we expected was a US attack in Baghdad and that the target was Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis And his guest Qasim Soleimani.
He stated that the phone of the resigned Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mahdi, was switched off and he was not aware of the matter until hours later, and his military office director took contact and coordination, to understand the nature of the attack, coordinate with the security forces, and inquire from the Americans about the attack. The official revealed that there are numerous accusations of leaking information or treachery that led to the American strike , and there are charges and arrests, including a Syrian and an Iraqi, as well as the investigation of the crew of the plane that transported Soleimani and an Iraqi intelligence employee at the airport. He added that the Americans are likely to know that Soleimani has left since taking off from Syria to Iraq, pointing out that the general impression is that the Americans have succeeded in penetrating the narrow circles of Tehran in Syria and Iraq, their arrival in Soleimani and knowledge of all his movements in the recent period.
For his part, a leader in the Al-Fateh Alliance, the political wing of the “Popular Mobilization” militia, told “local and Arab media outlets” that Soleimani’s arrival in Baghdad was not what was said to organize an attack on the Americans but rather to resolve the file of forming the new government and ending the differences between The leaders of the political blocs: The leader, who requested not to be named, added: “The visit was the fourth in less than two months, it remains for several days and leaves,” explaining that a meeting was scheduled, yesterday evening Friday, between Soleimani and the leaders of the political blocs to resolve the dispute and agree on the name Among the names proposed for the presidency of the government, the most prominent of which is Abdul-Ghani Al-Asadi, Tawfiq Al-Yasiri Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, and Imad al – Husseini.
However, political sources in Baghdad said that the visit was a surprise and does not know by any of the leaders of political blocs closest to Iran, only the leaders are limited to “popular crowd”, this means that his visit to a military nature and related to the attack on the embassy The American and before it the American air strike in Al-Qaim on the borders with Syria, according to the same sources, his visit to Syria was related to the border file and an attempt to push forces from the Assad regime to the Iraqi-Syrian border strip to replace the factions that were targeted.