In pictures: Tensions rise as US strike kills Iran's top general
Updated 9:36 PM ET, Sat January 4, 2020
The head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad airport in Iraq on Friday morning. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iran-backed paramilitary force, was also killed.
The US has claimed responsibility for the strike, saying it was aimed at preventing future Iranian attack plans.
The strike comes after PMF supporters and members attempted to storm the US embassy in Baghdad