Coffins with the bodies of Iranian general Qassam Soleimani and Iraqi deputy commander of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in a US strike attack, arrive in the holy city of Karbala for a funeral procession.
LOS ANGELES TIMES — Israel had advance notice of the U.S. plan to kill Iranian military leader Gen. Qassem Suleimani, Israeli military and diplomatic analysts reported Friday night while refraining from providing further details due to heavy military censorship.
Forward Looking Infrared video (FLIR) shows U.S. Marines landing in MV-22B Osprey aircraft at the U.S. Embassy compound in Iraq as a crisis response force to protect it from protesters during heightened tensions on December 31, 2019. Approximately 100 Marines were deployed to protect the U. S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq after protesters stormed the embassy gates trying to get inside the perimeter. The protests are in response to U.S. airstrikes on Iranian backed militia groups and the killing of Qasem Soleimani. The U.S. airstrikes were a response to earlier rocket attacks by the militia groups which killed an American contractor and injured several U.S. service members.