Iraqi state media reported that Soleimani and al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the PMF, were both killed in the attack.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) later confirmed that Soleimani was killed, saying that "honored supreme commander of Islam Soleimani was martyred."
Two militia sources said the two guests were also killed in the attack but declined to identify them.
"The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qasem Soleimani," said Assadi.
"General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region," the statement continued.
""General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week," the Pentagon added. »