Tens of thousands of mourners gathered on the streets of Baghdad for the funeral processions to honour Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad.
The procession began in the Iranian city of Ahvaz early on January 5th, 2020, hours after his remains arrived from Iraq. Dressed in black, mourners marched through Baghdad waving flags and chanting that “revenge is coming” to the United States. Several of them were seen holding portraits of the slain general.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi also attended the funeral of the Iranian Major-General Soleimani. Several videos of the procession have now surfaced on social media.
Soleimani was killed along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, an Iran-backed umbrella organisation comprising several militias in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in Kerbala, Iraq.
Soleimani’s remains returned to Iran on January 5th, 2020 and were flown to the city of Ahvaz in the country’s southwest. He will be buried in Najaf.
Following the killing of Soleimani by Washington in an airstrike, Iran has unfurled a red flag on top of the iconic The Holy Dome of Jamkaran Mosque in Qom, which is an old Shi’ite tradition symbolising bloody revenge.
This comes after US President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very fast and very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets. Iran has vowed to avenge his killing. As per reports, it is the first time in the history of Iran that the red flag has been hoisted on top of the Jamkaran mosque.
The tension between Iran and the US is all-time high following the killing of Soleimani. The global leaders have begun assessing the aftermath of the situation with many holding fears of World War 3 and destabilisation of the Middle East.