On Thursday evening, the news broke that U.S. air strikes had killed Iran’s top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani, at Baghdad’s International airport. This hugely consequential military action is likely to invoke serious consequences for the U.S.
Now, on Friday it was reported that another U.S. drone strike in northern Baghdad has killed six members of Popular Mobilization Forces, an official Iraqi militia organization with ties to Iran. A top Iraqi militia leader may be among those killed.
According to Newsweek:
‘Pentagon officials told Newsweek Friday evening the operation was targeting Imam Ali Brigades with a “high probability” the strike resulted in the death of its leader, Shubul al-Zaidi. The U.S. operation that targeted Zaidi was a part of the same strategy Trump approved Thursday morning, which killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.’
Mr. Trump told reporters on Friday that they were taking action “to stop a war,” saying:
‘Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him. We took action last night to stop a war, we did not take action to start a war.’
‘The Popular Mobilization Forces confirmed to Newsweek that an air raid targeted one of their convoys near Taji Stadium in Baghdad, but said it was a “humanitarian convoy” and have so far denied the deaths of Zaidi, along with Saraya al-Khorasani leader Hamid al-Jazaery and another militia leader Raed al-Karawi.’
The operation was not coordinated with the Iraqi government, and fueled anger among Pro-Popular Mobilization Forces supporters who stormed the U.S. embassy in Iraq.
The Iraqi government also condemned the strike. Prime Minister