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 couple of 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 harm evaluation,” taking footage of the scene and confirming that the drone had picked out the fitting automotive — and that Soleimani was no extra.
Fox Information has obtained photographs of the aftermath of the Jan. three drone strike from a U.S. authorities supply. Among the pictures — 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 reveals Soleimani’s physique burning subsequent to the automotive by which he was driving.
The supply advised 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 common. They took photographs of his possessions, which included books of poetry and wads of money. He was additionally carrying a pistol and an assault rifle.
Underneath regular circumstances, Soleimani’s telephone and different electronics can be taken away for forensic evaluation. Nonetheless, the missile strike and ensuing hearth made such an investigation not possible.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, advised Fox Information: “Should you see a wounded veteran lacking a limb or critically disfigured the percentages are fairly good they had been wounded by an IED that was designed and deployed beneath the course of Soleimani.”
In April 2019, the State Division introduced that Iran was answerable for killing 608 U.S. troops throughout the Iraq Conflict, with Soleimani answerable 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 photographs advised Fox Information that Soleimani died in a lot the identical method because the Individuals he killed.