Thousands of mourners in Baghdad join  march in remembrance of Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Thousands of mourners in Baghdad join march in remembrance of Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Thousands of mourners joined the march on the highway leading to the Baghdad airport where a US drone strike assasinated Gen. Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Posters of the the  martyrs adorned both sides of the road, which was lined with tents that served food and drinks for those who walked the highway. 

Major General Qassem Soleimani, whose assassination by the US was confirmed earlier on Friday, had played a major role in defending Iran against its enemies and assisting regional countries fight foreign occupation and terrorism.

Soleimani, born in 1957, started his military career by joining the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) following the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

During the imposed Iraqi war on Iran, which was launched in 1980 and lasted for eight years, Soleimani gradually became known as an adept commander, leading Iranian troops in numerous battles against invading Ba'ath regime forces.

Image shows a young Soleimani speaking to troops during the imposed Iraqi war of  the1980s. 

Later appointed as the chief of the IRGC's expeditionary Quds Force, Soleimani gradually became a forefront figure in Iran's push to assist regional states and allies counter foreign-backed interventions in the region.

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As foreign-backed Takfiri outfits reared their heads in recent years, the IRGC commander emerged as a key strategist and ingenious commander leading Iranian military advisers assisting Syrian and Iraqi troops in battles against terrorists.

The general was frequently pictured on the frontlines during anti-terrorism operations from Iraq’s Mosul to Syria’s Aleppo.

In Iraq, at the height of Daesh’s terror campaign, he assisted the Baghdad government in operations to retake the strategic oil-rich city of Tikrit from Daesh in 2015.

General Qassem Soleimani, who commanded the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), is pictured in northern Iraq in May 2017.

In January 2015, the head of Iraq’s Badr Organization credited Tehran and Soleimani with saving Baghdad when Daesh first unleashed its campaign of terror in the neighboring country a year earlier.

The general also took personal command of the battle against Takfiri militants in the Syrian city of Bukamal, located in Dayr al-Zawr Province, in November 2017.

Major General Qassem Soleimani is seen during an anti-Daesh operation in the city of Bukamal, Dayr al-Zawr Province, Syria.

In November 2017, Soleimani declared the end of Daesh’s territorial rule in a letter addressed to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

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Earlier this year, the Leader awarded Soleimani with Iran’s highest military order, the Order of Zulfaqar.

Hailed both by the enemies and foes as a major military tactician, General Soleimani topped Foreign Policy (FP)’s 2019 list of Global Thinkers in defense and security.

Several reports emerged about assassination plots against the commander by the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia– which are believed to be among the major supporters of Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc on the Middle East.

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On Friday, however, the Trump administration openly claimed responsibility for assassinating Soleimani. 

In a statement, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei vowed "harsh revenge" for the perpetrators of the attack.

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The Leader also offered condolences to the Iranian nation and General Soleimani’s family, and declared three days of national mourning.

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