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Hundreds of thousands of people attend funeral ceremony for Martyred Gen. Soleimani in Iran

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Millions of mourners from all walks of life participated in separate funeral ceremonies held in the southwestern city of Ahvaz and the northeastern city of Mashhad on Sunday for General Qassem Soleimani who was martyred in a U.S. air raid in Baghdad on Friday morning.

Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and, from 1998 until his death, commander of its Quds Force. Soleimani began his military career at the start of the Iran–Iraq War during the 1980s. After the war, during the 1990s, he was an IRGC commander in Kerman Province. In this region, which is relatively close to Afghanistan, Afghan-grown opium travels to Turkey and on to Europe. Soleimani's military experience helped him earn a reputation as a successful fighter against drug trafficking. He was later a commander resisting ISIS. 

General Soleimani martyred on Donald Trump’s order in a targeted U.S. drone strike on 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq. The strike was a serious escalation of Trump’s growing confrontation with Tehran, which began almost a week ago when U.S. forces conducted drone strikes on locations of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) in Iraq, killing at least 25 individuals and leaving another 51 injured.  The U.S. airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of PMU Forces and some other forces of the PMU along with their guests.

The killing of one of Iran’s most powerful men, drew backlash from different political factions inside Iran and became a rallying cry against the United States. Even reformists condemned the killing and sent out condolences for a commander who has been praised for fighting and defeating the Islamic State.

His funeral was very extensive and magnificent in Iraq, Ahvaz and Mashhad and it will be held in Tehran, Qom and Kerman on Monday and Tuesday.*


Today people from all walks of life, including the young, old, men, and women, have flocked to the city of Mashhad from different cities of Khorassan Razavi province to bid farewell to Soleimani.

 

Also thousands of mourners from all walks of life have participated in the funeral ceremony in Ahvaz for General Soleimani.

 

The same huge funeral ceremony was held in Iraq on Saturday. Thousands of Iraqi people held a funeral procession for the commander Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy chief of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Karbala on Saturday.

* Photos of Tehran funeral will be posted tomorrow.

Source: Tehran Times