Two armed ‘suicide drones’ with the words ‘Soleimani’s revenge’ are shot down by US-led coalition forces at Baghdad airport on the anniversary of 2020 US killing of the Iranian general
Two drones targeting US forces at Baghdad airport were shot down this morning as terrorists launched an attack on the anniversary of the killing of revered Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
The ‘suicide drones, or improvised cruise missiles’ were launched at a compound housing US advisors at Baghdad airport at around 4.30am local time, security sources said.
A counter-rocket C-RAM system shot the drones down ‘without incident,’ a US-led coalition source added.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, although one of the wings of the drones had the words ‘Soleimani’s revenge’ painted on it in Arabic, while another had words reading, ‘revenge operations for our leaders’.
It comes two years after General Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant were blown up by a US reaper drone as their convoy drove out of Baghdad airport.
Donald Trump ordered the strike after intelligence revealed Soleimani was plotting attacks on US troops in Iraq.
A soldier inspects the wreckage after the drone targeting US forces at Baghdad airport was shot down this morning
Scrawled in Arabic across one of the wings of the drones shot down this morning was the message ‘Soleimani’s revenge’
The drone after being shot down following an attempted attack on a compound at Baghdad airport in the early hours of Monday
Treurendes, including members of Iraq’s al-Hashed al-Shaabi ex-paramilitary alliance, take part in a symbolic funeral procession towards the tomb of slain Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in the central holy shrine city of Najaf, Maandag, with photos of Al-Muhandis (reg) and Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani (links) held aloft
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani
Terrorist general with the blood of THOUSANDS on his hands
Qassem Soleimani was one of the most popular figures in Iran and seen as a deadly adversary by America and its allies.
The 62-year-old head of the Quds, or Jerusalem, Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani shaped Tehran’s foreign policy throughout the Middle East.
US officials say the Guard under Soleimani taught Iraqi militants how to manufacture and use especially deadly roadside bombs against US troops after the invasion of Iraq.
Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution swept the shah from power and Soleimani joined the Revolutionary Guard in its wake.
He deployed to Iran’s northwest with forces that put down Kurdish unrest following the revolution. In 1980, Iraq invaded Iran and began the two countries long, bloody eight-year war.
Soleimani became known for his opposition to ‘meaningless deaths’ on the battlefield, while still weeping at times with fervor when exhorting his men into combat, embracing each individually.
Soleimani’s charisma propelled him to the senior officer ranks. In 1998, he was named commander of the Quds Force.
His profile rose suddenly when he was pushed forward as the public face of Iran’s intervention in the Syrian conflict from 2013, appearing in battlefield photos, documentaries – and even being featured in a music video and animated film.
Western leaders saw him as central to Iran’s ties with militia groups including Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas.
The BDSC compound in Baghdad houses ‘a very small number of coalition troops who are not in a combat role,’ a coalition source said this morning, describing them as logistical troops, contractors and civilian personnel.
‘The Iraqis have opened an investigation,’ het die bron gesê.
‘There is no damage, but this is a civilian airport, it is very dangerous to launch this type of attack.’
Die Januarie 3, 2020 US strike killed Soleimani – who headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards – and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy leader of the Hashed al-Shaabi coalition of armed groups.
The night-time strike ordered by Trump struck a convoy in which Soleimani and Muhandis were travelling on the edge of the airport.
Soleimani, commonly known as the second-most powerful man in Iran and tipped as a future president, was so badly maimed in the strike that he had to be identified by a large ring he wore on his finger.
He had just landed in Baghdad airport on a plane from either Syria or Lebanon around 12.30am when he was met on the tarmac by Muhandis, deputy commander of the pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq.
Muhandis pulled up to the aircraft steps in two cars before Soleimani and Mohammed Ridha Jabri, public relations chief for the PMF who had been traveling with him, climbed inside and were driven away.
Oomblikke later, as the cars passed through a cargo area headed for an access road leading out of the airport, the convoy was struck by missiles fired by an MQ-9 Reaper drone – a deadly unmanned aircraft that is designed primarily for offensive strikes.
Both vehicles were instantly reduced to smoldering wrecks – killing Soleimani, Muhandis and three others.
The Hashed – a coalition of former paramilitary groups now integrated into the Iraqi state security apparatus – held a candle-lit vigil Sunday at the airport for the two men killed.
The US said at the time that Soleimani was planning imminent action against US personnel in Iraq, a country long torn between the competing demands of its principal allies Washington and Tehran.
Five days after his killing, Iran fired missiles at an air base in Iraq housing US troops and another near Arbil in the country’s north.
Since then dozens of rockets and roadside bombs have targeted US security, military and diplomatic sites across Iraq.
The aftermath of the deadly Reaper drone strike on Soleimani’s convoy outside Baghdad airport
The death of Soleimani (links), a figure deeply ingrained in the Iranian regime who many had assumed would be the country’s next leader, brought Iran and America to the brink of all-out war. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis had been instrumental in leading attacks on the US embassy (op die foto regs, outside the building)
A massive funeral with thousands all dressed in black lined the streets of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani’s hometown of Kerman in Iran in January 2020
Western officials have blamed hard-line pro-Iran factions for the attacks, which have never been claimed.
The Hashed has repeatedly called for the withdrawal of US troops deployed in Iraq as part of the coalition.
The US-led coalition on December 9 declared it had finished its combat mission in Iraq and that its around 2,500 troops would shift to a purely training and advisory role.
IS, which established a so-called caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq from 2014, was defeated in Iraq in 2017 by national forces and the coalition that has included more than 80 lande.
Egter, IS remnants still carry out attacks against security forces and civilians.
Jerusalem Post website is hacked on anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination: ‘Pro-Iranian hackers’ post a fake image of secret Israeli nuclear facility being hit in a missile strike
Hackers on Monday targeted the website of an Israeli newspaper on the 2020 anniversary of the killing of a prominent Iranian general, replacing its content with an image that threatened a site associated with Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons program.
While no group immediately claimed responsibility, the image posted on the Jerusalem Post’s website depicted a missile coming down from a fist bearing a ring long associated with Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq two years ago on Monday.
The image included an exploding target from a recent Iranian military drill designed to look like the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center near the city of Dimona.
The facility is already home to decades-old underground laboratories that reprocess the reactor’s spent rods to obtain weapons-grade plutonium for Israel’s nuclear bomb program.
Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper said on Monday that its website had been hacked, in what it said was an apparent threat to the country
Instead of displaying a main news page, the website showed an illustration that appeared to recall top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani who was assassinated
Under its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel neither confirms nor denies having atomic weapons.
In 'n twiet, the Jerusalem Post acknowledged being the target of hackers.
‘We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat to Israel,’ the English-language newspaper wrote. ‘We are working to resolve the issue & thank readers for your patience and understanding.’
There was no immediate response from the Israeli government. The hack comes after Israel´s former military intelligence chief in late December publicly acknowledged his country was involved in Soleimani’s killing.
Soleimani was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on this day in 2020
The remains of destroyed vehicles are seen during the second anniversary of the killing of Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone attack, at Baghdad Airport in Baghdad, Irak, Januarie 2, 2022
Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of the embattled Assad
Iran as well did not immediately acknowledge the hack early Monday. Egter, the country in recent days has stepped up its commemorations of the slain Revolutionary Guard general. Memorial services were scheduled to be held Monday marking his death.
As the head of the Quds, or Jerusalem, Force of the Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani led all of its expeditionary forces and frequently shuttled between Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
Quds Force members have deployed into Syria´s long war to support President Bashar Assad, as well as into Iraq in the wake of the 2003 Amerikaanse. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, a longtime foe of Tehran.
Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of the embattled Assad.
Amerikaanse. officials say the Guard under Soleimani taught Iraqi militants how to manufacture and use especially deadly roadside bombs against U.S. troops after the invasion of Iraq. Iran has denied that.
Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad.
Mourners march during the funeral of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, 62, who was were killed in a U.S. airstrike in January 2020
A commemoration ceremony is held near Baghdad International Airport marking the second anniversaries of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani on Monday in Bahgdad, Irak
Qasem Soleimani is seen in a photo at a memorial for him held on Monday