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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.