Pentagon confirms U.S. killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani

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TEHRAN, IRAN - (ARCHIVE): A file photo dated September 18, 2016 shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani during Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with Revolutionary Guards, in Tehran, Iran. The U.S. confirmed Thursday that it carried out a strike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The strike near Baghdad International Airport killed Soleimani, one of the most powerful commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of the Hashd al-Shaabi group, or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), local media reported. (Photo by Pool / Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua) — The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Thursday night that U.S. forces had carried out a strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

“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,” said the Pentagon in a statement.

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the statement added.

An attack near Baghdad International Airport on Friday killed Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhamdis, the deputy chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces, reported the Iraqi state TV earlier Friday.

The attack came amid high tensions between Washington and Tehran.