The Pentagon on Friday carried out an airstrike on Iran-linked targets in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad. Among those killed are senior members of the Iraqi Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
According to earlier media reports, all of those killed were in a small convoy leaving the airport late early Friday. The missilesare reportedly said to have also hit facilities of the Iraqi army and the international coalition. According to the Al-Sumaria broadcaster, the strike also injured at least 12 Iraqi servicemen and killed a civilian.
Although the US Department of Defense has confirmed that the top Iranian general was killed in the strike, netizens nonetheless speculate on the accuracy of the purported evidence. Many claim that although the severed hand of Soleimani, with its salient signet ring, looks authentic, doubts remain that the image is authentic.