İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has prayed over the caskets of the top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and others killed in a U.S. airstrike near the Baghdad airport last week. The coffins of General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who also died in Friday’s attack in Baghdad, were passed over the heads of mourners, the crowd screamed as "Death to America!''.
State television showed huge crowds in Tehran for the event. It put the number who turned out as "millions" although this is yet to be verified. Some people cried, while others clutched pictures of the late commander. His daughter Zeinab Soleimani warned the US that it faced a "dark day". "Crazy Trump, don't think that everything is over with my father's martyrdom," she said.
General Esmail Ghaani, the new commander of the Quds Force, the elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards charged with overseas operations, promised to “continue martyr Soleimani’s cause as firmly as before with the help of God, and in return for his martyrdom we aim to rid the region of America”. “God the Almighty has promised to take martyr Soleimani’s revenge,” he told state television. “Certainly, actions will be taken”. The crowd in Tehran, which state media said numbered in the millions, recalled the masses that gathered in 1989 for the funeral of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.