Thousands of mourners gathered in the streets of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 4, to carry the flag of Iraqi militia groups in a gloomy atmosphere to bury Iranian General Sulaimani and Iraqi militia leaders killed in U.S. airstrikes.
Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, told Iranian state media that Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi insisted on a public funeral for Mr. Sulaimani in Baghdad and Abu Mahd-Muhandis, the leader of the Iraqi militia who was killed in a U.S. airstrike. In addition to the funeral in Baghdad, it will be held in the Shiite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.
Sulaimani's remains will be returned to Iran on Sunday morning (January 5). Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will hold a prayer for Mr. Suleimani in Tehran, where his remains will be buried, according to Iranian media.
Last week, pro-Iranian militias attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The u. s.believes that mr. sulemani was involved in planning the attack and has therefore launched a \"targeted cleanup \".
Many Iraqis condemned the U.S. attack as a hero and played a role in defeating the Islamic State extremist group. Some Iraqis accused the United States of killing Sulaimani on Iraqi soil at a march on Saturday (January 4), potentially plunging Iraq into another war.