An Iraqi official says an airstrike north of Baghdad has hit two vehicles carrying members of Iran-backed militia, sooner or later after a U.S. airstrike killed prime Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The official mentioned 5 members of the militia have been killed.
The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they was not licensed to speak to reporters.
The Iran-backed Standard Mobilization Forces confirmed the strike, saying it focused one among its medical convoys close to the stadium in Taji, north of Baghdad. The group denied any of its prime leaders have been killed.
The demise of Soleimani, the top of Iran’s elite Quds Pressure, marks a significant escalation within the standoff between Washington and Iran, which has careened from one disaster to a different since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions.
The focused strike in opposition to Soleimani and any retaliation by Iran may ignite a battle that engulfs the entire area, endangering U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and past. During the last 20 years, Soleimani had assembled a community of closely armed allies stretching all the way in which to southern Lebanon, on Israel’s doorstep.
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