Thousands of Iraqis chanting “Death to America” joined the funeral procession Saturday for Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, both killed during a US air strike.
The cortege depart around Kadhimiya, a Shiite pilgrimage district of Baghdad, before heading to the Green Zone government and diplomatic district where a state funeral was to be held attended by top dignitaries.
In all, 10 people — five Iraqis and five Iranians — were killed in Friday morning’s US strike on their motorcade just outside Baghdad airport.
The dead were delivered to Kadhimiya on the rear of pick-up trucks in coffins shrouded in their national flags.
The convoy snaked its way though a sea of black-clad mourners, a number of whom carried portraits of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The bodies of the Iranians will then be flown on Saturday evening to Iran, which has declared three days of mourning for Soleimani.
His funeral is to be persisted Tuesday in his hometown of Kerman in central Iran.