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'Precision drone strike' killed Soleimani: US defence official

AFP/Baghdad
Filed on January 3, 2020 | Last updated on January 3, 2020 at 03.59 pm
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(AFP file)

"A precision drone strike hit two vehicles at Baghdad airport," the official said.

A US drone carried out a "precision strike" to kill senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on Friday, a US defence official told AFP.

"A precision drone strike hit two vehicles at Baghdad airport," the official said.

The official added that part of the 750 forces from the US 82nd Airborne division dispatched to the region a few days ago had already arrived in Baghdad.

"They will head to the US embassy to relieve Marines who had arrived in recent days," the source said.


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