Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Saturday joined thousands of mourners in a funeral procession for Iranian military commander Maj Gen Qassem Suleimani, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis and others killed in a US air strike in Baghdad.
Suleimani was Tehran’s most prominent military commander and oversaw the operations of Iran’s proxy forces in the Middle East.
A video posted on Twitter showed mourners waving Iraqi and militia flags and chanting slogans against the United States as they gathered in Baghdad.
Funeral procession of Iranian Military commander Qassem Soleimani today in Ahvaz, Iran. His funeral is being widely touted as the biggest funeral seen in the history of the world. pic.twitter.com/gTutXMqF7g
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) January 5, 2020
What you need to know Qassem Soleimani and other information surrounding his death:
- Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, was killed early Friday in an airstrike in Baghdad. Thousands of people marched Saturday and Sunday in funeral processions in Iraq and Iran.
- The Iranian government announced Sunday it would no longer abide by the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, lifting restrictions on centrifuges, uranium enrichment and more. President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal in 2018.
- The Iraqi Parliament approved a resolution calling on the government to expel some 5,000 U.S. troops from the country.
- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told “Face the Nation” that the administration would “do our best” to release evidence about what type of plot or plots Soleimani was allegedly planning against Americans.
- President Trump tweeted on Saturday that the U.S. would target 52 Iranian sites if Iran retaliates for the strike.
- The White House sent a formal notification to Congress about the airstrike as required by the War Powers Act.
- Lawmakers are divided over the strike, with Republicans applauding Mr. Trump’s action and Democrats warning about the possible repercussions.