Vast crowds thronged the streets of Tehran on Monday to pay respects to Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force who was killed last week in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.
In a eulogy, Soleimani’s daughter appeared to threaten U.S. forces in the region, and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wept for the fallen general.
Zeinab Soleimani, her voice broadcast to mourners by loudspeakers, warned that “the families of the American soldiers … will spend their days waiting for the death of their children.”
Cheers rose from the crowd, which Iranian media said was the largest such procession since the 1989 funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had overthrown Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and founded Iran’s Islamic Republic a decade before.
Khamenei, who followed Khomeini as supreme leader, prayed over the caskets of Soleimani and others killed in the U.S. attack on Friday in neighboring Iraq. During the traditional Muslim prayers for the dead, Khamenei, who was reportedly close to Soleimani, wept, according to The Associated Press. Read more