Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of elite Quds Force, an Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis got killed in an airstrike, ordered by US President Donald Trump, on their convoy at Baghdad International Airport on Friday.
The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles. "The strike had aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans," the Pentagon said.
Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who got killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport, was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, the US has said.
"We will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world," the US added.
Following the death of Major-General Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, "The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating Soleimani is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation." "The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism," he added. Zarif described Soleimani as the "most effective force fighting ISIS".