Hundreds of thousands of people participated today in the funeral ceremony of the Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Kasem Sulejmani, who was killed in a US air strike on Friday. The funeral was held in the capital of Iraq and quickly turned into an anti-American demonstration. Sulejmani was the commander of an elite army unit, the Quds Force, and was responsible for the majority of Iranian military operations in the Middle East.
”What you have seen today during this funeral are social and mass activities, aiming to reject the American presence. Tomorrow, we will have an official stance as political blocs, rejecting the foreign interference. What has been done by the United States is a violation of all international, political and diplomatic norms. We as the Iraqi people should have a stance against such violations”- says Naeem Al-Aboudi, lawmaker.
Kasem Sulejmani – an Iranian general and a commander of an elite unit, the Quds Force, and one of the commanders of pro-Iranian police, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were killed on Thursday night at the international airport in Baghdad. The US authorities have confirmed that they are responsible for the attack.
The US services have been following Sulejmani for several days, informing President Trump about the details and pointing out that the best chance to assassinate him will be near the airport. The US President gave the final permission to conduct the operation a few hours before it began from his golf resort in Florida.