They chanted ‘Death to America’ and ‘America is the Great Satan’ as they walked beside the coffins of Soleimani, architect of Iran’s global military strategy, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Kataeb Hezbollah chief, in Baghdad.
A militia vehicle, a large Chevrolet truck is adorned with flowers and posters of the Iranian general as his coffin is driven through the streets of the Iraqi capital on Saturday.
Kataeb Hezbollah Iraqi militia the Iran-backed militants responsible for a spate of missile attacks against the US in recent months gather on Saturday ahead of the funeral of the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, Iraq on Friday.
Thousands of Iraqis surround the coffins of Soleimani and Muhandis in Baghdad on Saturday, the pair were slain in a US airstrike on Friday morning
Mohammed al-Tabatabai (center), deputy Secretary General of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq faction, attending the funeral in Baghdad .
The Asaib Ahl al-Haq faction fought against US coalition forces during the Iraq War and are today part of the government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi, who represents Iran’s only diplomatic mission within the U.S., said in an interview with CNN that the airstrike ‘is tantamount to opening a war against Iran’