3rd - 4th January 2020
On 3 January 2020 the United States carried out a precision airstrike on an entourage of high ranking Iranian commanding officers at Baghdad Airport, killing Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Major General Qassem Soleimani was commander of the Qods Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units.
The following day they carried out further airstrikes on three vehicles near al-Taji camp north of Baghdad killing Shubul al-Zaidi, the leader of the Popular Mobilization Units.
Shubul al-Zaidi was a prominent commander withing the PMU. Reports suggest that other high ranking officers were also killed including Hamid al-Jazrawi and Ra’d al-Kwrawi.
It is thought that the attack was carried out by a MQ-9 Reaper drone armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.