Leader of Iran's elite Quds Force killed in airstrike near Baghdad airport

Nearly 900 additional U.S troops have been sent to the Middle East, and the Pentagon warned Iran may be orchestrating more attacks on U.S. interests in the region.
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Transcript for Leader of Iran's elite Quds Force killed in airstrike near Baghdad airport
We begin with breaking news from Iraq. Reports of a missile strike at the Baghdad international airport. Those reports claiming there are civilian casualties. It comes amid that showdown with Iran. President trump blaming Iran for two days of violent protests at the U.S. Embassy there in Baghdad. Hundreds of additional U.S. Troops rushed to the region, including these from the 82nd airborne, boarding planes at ft. Bragg. Tonight, defense secretary mark Esper westerning that Iran may be plank new attacks. ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz leading us off. Reporter: Tonight, reports of civilian casualties at the Baghdad international airport after a reported missile strike hit a cargo area, which shut the airport down. This follows the stunning attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, one of the most fortified in the world. For two straight days, iranian-backed militias and Iraqi supporters hurling rocks, setting embassy rooftops and guard posts on fire and ramming bulletproof windows while chanting, "Down, down with America." Nearly 900 additional U.S. Forces were rushed to the region with thousands more on alert if they are needed. With the Pentagon warning today that Iran may be planning more attacks on U.S. Interests in the region, the chairman of the joint chiefs insisted that when it comes to protecting the embassy, there is sufficient combat power there, he said, air and ground, that anyone who attempts to overrun it will run into a buzz saw. Martha Raddatz joining us right now from Washington. And Martha, we're still getting more details about that missile strike on the airport. But what is the ultimate goal of those who attack the embassy? Reporter: Well, whit, they say they want all U.S. Troops out of Iraq and Syria, but so far, their actions have only led to an increase in U.S. Forces. Whit? All right, Martha Raddatz, our thanks to you.

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