WASHINGTON

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.

“At the direction of the President [Donald Trump], the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing” Soleimani, the Pentagon said in a statement.

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