TEHRAN: (HRNW) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday the assassination of Iran Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani was, “an extremely dangerous and foolish escalation.”
“The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism,” he said in a post on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, Pentagon had confirmed that in an airstrike in Baghdad it had killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force.
“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the Pentagon said in a statement. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed in a statement that Soleimani was killed.
Iraqi paramilitary groups said on Friday that three rockets hit Baghdad International Airport, killing five members of Iraqi paramilitary groups and two “guests”.
The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles, killing and injuring several people.