Thousands mourn Iranian general in Baghdad

Thousands of people gathered at the funeral of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani who was killed in an American drone strike.

A funeral procession took place for Major General Soleimani and Iraqi militant leaders, including paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al Muhandi, and eight others who died.

Mourners – mostly men in black military fatigues – carried Iraqi flags and the flags of Iran-backed militias who are fiercely loyal to Maj Gen Soleimani.

Iraq’s prime minister has declared three days of national mourning for those who were killed in the airstrike.

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