Security officials are reporting that eight people were killed in a suspected airstrike near Baghdad International Airport (BGW) overnight (local time) from Thursday, January 2, into Friday, January 3. According to Iraqi state television, Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran’s Quds Force, was reportedly killed in the strike along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs). As of early Friday morning, Iranian officials have not confirmed the death of Soleimani. The situation remains fluid and details are still emerging.
Heightened security measures are anticipated at BGW and around the area of the incident.
Individuals in Baghdad are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.