Mideast update: How drones found and killed Soleimani, and more on the Iran crisis today
US Defense Secretary Esper: “There’s been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq.”But a push led by pro-Iran factions to oust U.S. troops gained momentum.Russia and China united against U.S. attack and called for United Nations response.Dozens of Iranian-Americans were held up and questioned at the U.S.-Canada border.Oil prices kept going up and more nations warned their citizens about staying in the region.Commentary: A showdown could explode quickly, and disastrously.
Even before Iranian General Qassem Soleimani got off a commercial airliner in Baghdad last week, his fate was already sealed.
His travel was monitored by drones including the Reaper, a $64 million drone armed with laser-guided Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. The Reaper watched Soleimani for about 10 minutes before firing on two cars carrying the Iranian commander and other senior leaders and aides.
The new details of Soleimani’s killing were among many developments in Washington and the Mideast on Monday: