Photos taken by the US Special Operations forces have been released showing the aftermath of the assassination of Iran's former Quds Force Commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani, and nine others in a US drone attack near Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.
Fox News, which published the photos, said US soldiers on the ground were secretly following Soleimani's convoy.
Following Soleimani's assassination by a Reaper drone missile, the soldiers reached the scene less than two minutes later and performed what is known as a "bomb damage assessment", to confirm that the missile had indeed killed Soleimani.
— Carlos Rivera (@carlosrivera591) January 11, 2020
The soldiers took pictures of Soleimani's body as well as some of his belongings which included poetry books, money, a pistol and an assault rifle.
وسائل اعلام عراقية تنشر مقتنيات كانت في موقع استهداف سيارة قاسم سليماني وأبو مهدي المهندس على طريق مطار بغداد pic.twitter.com/DGAMCHVkLl
— وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) January 3, 2020