Six people dead and three injured is the balance of an unidentified airstrike on an Iranian-backed militia convoy in the north of Iraq’s capital on Friday morning, Jan. 4 reports said.
According to Reuters reports, six bodies were found among the remains of a convoy in Taji, north of Baghdad, at 1:15 local time belonging to the Iraqi People’s Mobilization Forces, a Shiite militia supported by the Iranian regime of the ayatollahs.
The People’s Mobilization Forces of Iraq (PMF) paramilitary grouping had said on Saturday that an airstrike aimed at its fighters hit a convoy of doctors, Reuters reported, noting that the PMF later issued another contradictory statement denying any attack on medical convoys in Taji.
The Associated Press said an Iraqi government official confirmed the attack but did not provide information about the identity of the victims, but journalist Eva J. Koulouriotis shared on Twitter that the Iraqi press reported, “Leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Qais al-Khazali, and his brother, Laith al-Khazali, were killed in the burning convoy.”
According to the international terrorism website Counter Extremism, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) is an Iranian-backed Shiite militia and political party operating mainly in Iraq, as well as in Syria and Lebanon, and is involved in numerous acts of sectarian violence and possible war crimes in Iraq and Syria.
According to The Associated Press, another security official described charred vehicles and said five people were killed.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. One U.S. official who also spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press denied any U.S. involvement in the attack.
Instead, Newsweek said last night that a Pentagon official confirmed that the attack had been carried out by the United States “targeting the Imam Ali Brigades with a ‘high probability’ that the attack would result in the death of their leader, Shubul al-Zaidi.”
Speaking Friday from his Florida resort in Mar-a-Lago, Trump said the operation that killed Soleimani was intended to “stop a war” and prevent attacks on U.S. personnel.
“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” President Trump said to reporters.
“We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war,” he added.
There were celebrations in Iraq and Lebanon for Soleimani’s death. The U.S. military operation that ended the life of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force declared an international terrorist organization by the United States, was greeted with joy and appreciation by thousands of people in Iraq and Lebanon.
Celebrations in Iraq at the targeted killing of a terrorist leader and the bold actions of @realDonaldTrump
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 3, 2020
“The Western media do not understand that the Iraqi people hate Iran’s influence on their politicians and security forces. The recent protests were also to protect Iraq from Iran’s influence. Thank you [U.S. President] @POTUS,” one Iraqi wrote on Twitter.
And this was at 4 AM.
Western media does not comprehend that Iraqi people hate the influence of Iran over their politicians and their security forces. The recent protests were also to secure Iraq from the influence of Iran.
Thank you @POTUS
— Sameer Sharma 🇮🇳 (@sameersharmaa) January 3, 2020
“Don’t you understand that wherever Soleimani was stationed by Iran, he brought terror and fear to the region and the population that Iran controlled? The formula is simple, one dead terrorist equals less terror,” another Twitter user wrote to Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who questioned the operation ordered by President Donald Trump.
After Soleimani’s death, the United States announced that it would immediately send 3,000 more troops to the Middle East in response to threats of reprisals from the Iranian dictatorial regime.