The videos showed the targeting operation taped by a drone, along with other videos that show monitoring the convoy through a team of US Special Forces that tracked it on land after exiting Baghdad Airport.
The sources pointed out that the tracking team was about half a kilometer away when the convoy was targeted with a missile fired by a “Reaper” reconnaissance plane, then the American soldiers hurried to inspect the bombing location and take some pictures of the burning cars, confirming that the plane hit its target and “Soleimani” was assassinated.
On the other hand, well-informed sources revealed that a US team disrupted the civilian radars at Baghdad Airport Thursday afternoon, noting that these radars are imported from the American company “Raytheon”, and General “Soleimani” was monitored after his arrival at Baghdad Airport from Damascus. The Syrian official sources denied that there was any leak about the flight date from Damascus Airport, where General “Soleimani” was moving comfortably and openly with a small security team.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards confirmed that the American plane that targeted “Soleimani” convoy was launched from an American base in Kuwait not from Qatar as the media circulated. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said that “Soleimani” was coming to meet him and deliver the Iranian response to the Saudi messages, therefore he did not increase the number of his security team due to the nature of his diplomatic mission. But the American version says that “Soleimani” was planning a campaign of attacks against American forces in Iraq, without Washington providing any evidence to support this accusation.
American media circulated information of an intelligence operations room in Qatar with Israeli participation to manage the air raid. The sources said that the director of the CIA “Gina Hasbel” had been following the operation from the intelligence headquarters in “Virginia” since its beginning, and the US Secretary of Defense Mark Esber was also following the details of Soleimani’s arrival at the airport, his meeting with Al-Mohandis, and the movement and targeting of the convoy.
It is noteworthy that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces responded by targeting the American “Ain al-Assad” base in Anbar province western Iraq days after the incident, using several ballistic missiles that killed a number of American soldiers according to Tehran, while Washington did not admit injuring any of its soldiers during attack.