//Photographs taken by US Particular Operations forces present aftermath of strike that killed Soleimani

Photographs taken by US Particular Operations forces present aftermath of strike that killed Soleimani

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Particular Operations forces on the bottom in Iraq had been following a convoy carrying Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani when it was struck by an American drone final week, killing Soleimani and 9 others, Fox Information has realized.

The troopers following Soleimani’s convoy because it left Baghdad Worldwide Airport had been a few half-mile behind when it was hit by a missile fired from a Reaper drone. They had been on the scene inside a minute or two and carried out a so-called “bomb injury evaluation,” taking footage of the scene and confirming that the drone had picked out the appropriate automotive — and that Soleimani was no extra.

SLIDESHOW: IMAGES OF ITEMS FOUND WITH SOLEIMANI AFTER FATAL US AIRSTRIKE

The car that Qassem Soleimani was riding in at the time of his death.

The automotive that Qassem Soleimani was driving in on the time of his loss of life.

Fox Information has obtained pictures of the aftermath of the Jan. three drone strike from a U.S. authorities supply. Among the photographs — which Fox Information won’t present — embrace graphic, close-up views of Soleimani’s physique, which is grossly disfigured and lacking limbs. One other picture exhibits Soleimani’s physique burning subsequent to the automotive during which he was driving.

Qassem Soleimani's body lies burning next to the car.

Qassem Soleimani’s physique lies burning subsequent to the automotive.

The supply instructed Fox Information that U.S. forces dragged Soleimani’s physique away from the scene and extinguished the hearth earlier than formally figuring out the Iranian normal. They took pictures of his possessions, which included books of poetry and wads of money. He was additionally carrying a pistol and an assault rifle.

Below regular circumstances, Soleimani’s telephone and different electronics could be taken away for forensic evaluation. Nonetheless, the missile strike and ensuing hearth made such an investigation not possible.

Some of the items Soleimani was carrying when he died. His phone is partially visible at the top left.

Among the objects Soleimani was carrying when he died. His telephone is partially seen on the prime left.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, instructed Fox Information: “Should you see a wounded veteran lacking a limb or significantly disfigured the chances are fairly good they had been wounded by an IED that was designed and deployed below the course of Soleimani.”

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In April 2019, the State Division introduced that Iran was accountable for killing 608 U.S. troops throughout the Iraq Warfare, with Soleimani accountable for 17 p.c of all deaths of U.S. personnel in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.

A supply who served in Iraq and noticed the pictures instructed Fox Information that Soleimani died in a lot the identical method because the Individuals he killed.