BAGHDAD: Thousands of Iraqis have followed the coffin of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, killed in a US air strike at Baghdad airport on Thursday.
Soleimani, viewed as a terrorist by the White House, was the architect of Iran’s Middle East operations and Iran has vowed to take “severe revenge”.
The funeral procession which began in Baghdad on Saturday marks the beginning of days of mourning for Soleimani.
His body is due to be returned to Iran for burial in his home town.
The crowds in Baghdad were also there to mourn the death of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi who commanded the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah group and effectively led the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) – an umbrella of militias in Iraq dominated by groups aligned with Iran.
Both Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where the US embassy is located, and Balad air base north of the city came u