There are multiple reports of a new airstrike tonight in Baghdad allegedly targeting leaders of a pro-Iran militia:
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi official says airstrike hits cars carrying Iran-backed militia north of Baghdad.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 3, 2020
Hardest hit? Iran. And Chris Hayes:
I guess the de-escalation of last night's air strike wasn't enough to fully de-escalate and stop war, so today the US has ordered another airstrike at a top Iraqi militia commander to further de-escalate and stop even more war.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 3, 2020
According to reports, at least 6 people were killed in the strike:
MORE: Two of three vehicles making up an Iran-backed militia convoy were found burned north of Baghdad, as well as six burned corpses, an Iraqi army source said. The strikes critically wounded three and took place at 1:12 a.m. local time, he added https://t.co/Hz4DCG6TCB pic.twitter.com/CAMnAv3As9
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 3, 2020
The attack happened north of Baghdad:
— Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) January 3, 2020
But it’s not clear who was targeted yet and identified the bodies has been a challenge:
— Feras Kilani فراس كيلاني (@FerasKilaniBBC) January 3, 2020
We’re seeing reports that it was Hamid al-Jazaeri, Deputy Leader of Saraya Khurasani who was targeted:
Reuters: Air strikes target Iraqi militia convoy north of Baghdad, killing six people. Hamid al-Jazaeri, Deputy Leader of Saraya Khurasani has been killed. Huge.
— Ranj Alaaldin (@RanjAlaaldin) January 3, 2020
Iran-backed Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq has reportedly confirmed the death of Hamid al-Jazairi, deputy leader of the Saraya al-Khorasani in an airstrike in Baghdad.
— Faisal Irshaid (@faisalirshaid) January 3, 2020
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) January 3, 2020
And we’re seeing that Shubul al-Zaidi, the leader of the Imam Ali Brigades, was the one killed in the attack:
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) January 3, 2020
Iraqi media outlets say leader of the Iran-backed Kata’ib al-Imam Ali, Shibl al-Zaydi, and his brother were killed in an airstrike north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Not confirmed) #Baghdad #Iraqhttps://t.co/ix1pBUT8Zy
— Luna Safwan – لونا صفوان (@LunaSafwan) January 3, 2020
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we learn more tonight.
Update 1: Both those guys that were reported dead are . . . not dead:
For the sake of clarity:
UPDATE: Given the stakes rumors are flying high.
Hamad al-Jazairi is definitely alive – confirmed himself.
Likewise, Shubul al-Zaidi is also alive.
BUT – the same reports suggest someone high-level was in the targeted vehicles near Taji, #Iraq.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) January 4, 2020