Iranian airstrike Qasim Sulaimani was killed in a US airstrike near the airport in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
The statement from the Pentagon claimed that 'Qasim Sulaimani was active in planning to target Americans in Iraq and the Middle East'.
According to a British news agency Reuters report, the statement from the Pentagon said that "on the president's instructions, the US military killed President Qasim Sulaimani and took decisive action to keep Americans abroad."
The statement added that "the purpose of the attack was to stop the planning of Iranian attacks in the future, and that the United States would continue to take necessary steps to protect its interests in its citizens and around the world."
The statement from the Pentagon said that Qasim Sulaimani had been 'planning' attacks on coalition bases in Iraq for the past several months and earlier this week approved 'attacks' at the US embassy in Baghdad.
Following the death of Qasim Sulaimani, US President Donald Trump posted a picture of the American flag on social relations website Twitter without writing anything.
In this regard, an official said on condition of anonymity that Qasim Suleiman was killed in a drone attack in Baghdad.
According to another US official, it is believed that Iraqi militia commander Abu Mehdi al-Mahindas was killed in the attack but was not the main target.
Officials added that knowing Iran's possible reaction and US military officials were ready to defend themselves, they did not rule out the possibility of increasing US military assets and personnel in the region.
On the other hand, the Iranian revolutionaries issued a statement confirming the death of Qasim Sulaimani.
"US and Israeli fighters are responsible for killing the Mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Mahinds and Qasim Sulaimani," said Ahmad al-Assadi, spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a coalition of Iran-backed militias.
An American official told Reuters that two targets belonging to Iran were attacked in Baghdad.
Iraqi paramilitary groups said in their statement that 3 rockets were fired at Baghdad International Airport, killing 5 members of Iraqi paramilitary groups and 2 'guests'.
"The rockets started approaching the air cargo terminal, leaving two vehicles burned and several people injured and killed," he said.
Local militia commander Abu Mantehar al-Husseini told Reuters that "Hajj Sulaimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mahindas were riding in a car that was on the road going out of the airport from Arrival Hall of Baghdad airport when an American helicopter fired. 2 guided missiles fired at one another.
He further said that the other vehicle was mounted by PMF bodyguards and was also targeted by a rocket, “American criminals were fully aware of the motions and convictions of the convoy.