- Title: File footage of Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis
- Date: 3rd January 2020
- Summary: BAGHDAD, IRAQ (FILE - JANUARY 1, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF IRAQI MILITIA COMMANDER ABU MAHDI AL-MUHANDIS DURING RECENT PROTESTS OUTSIDE US EMBASSY
- Embargoed: 17th January 2020 04:21
- Keywords: Iran Qassem Soleimani Quds force
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ / UNKNOWN LOCATION
- City: BAGHDAD, IRAQ / UNKNOWN LOCATION
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUMCCHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East, on Friday (January 3) in an air strike at Baghdad airport, the Pentagon and Iran said.
Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack, a militia spokesman said.
The high-profile assassinations are likely to be a massive blow to Iran, which has been locked in a long conflict with the United States that escalated sharply last week with the storming of the US embassy in Iraq by pro-Iranian militiamen following a US air raid on the Kataib Hezbollah militia, founded by Muhandis.
(Production: Mohammed Kaftan)
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