Chanting ‘Death to America’, thousands rally against US killing of Soleimani

Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a demonstration over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Iran to protest against US after US strikes killed Qassem Soleimani.

Chanting “Death to America” and holding up posters of the slain commander, the protesters filled streets for several blocks in central Tehran after Friday prayers.

State news agency IRNA reported similar demonstrations in the cities of Arak, Bojnourd, Hamedan, Hormozgan, Sanandaj, Semnan, Shiraz and Yazd.

General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC’s) Quds Force, and architect of its regional security apparatus, has been killed following a US air raid at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday.

\ Thousands of Iranians take to the streets to mourn the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani during an anti-US demonstration to condemn the killing of Soleimani, after Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, 03 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

The Pentagon confirmed the strike at Baghdad’s international airport, saying it came “at the direction of the president”.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for three days of national mourning after a US attack killed a senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Qassem Soleimani. Khamenei warned of “harsh revenge” and said the incident would double Iran’s resolve to resist the United States.

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