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In Pictures: Thousands of mourners bid final adieu to slain Iranian general

Updated : 2020-01-06 16:04:25

Weeping amid wails from a crowd of hundreds of thousands of mourners, Iran's supreme leader on Monday prayed over the remains of a top Iranian general killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that's drastically raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, openly weeps as he leads a prayer over the coffin of Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Tehran University campus. (Iran Press TV via AP)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, openly weeps as he leads a prayer over the coffin of Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Tehran University campus. (Iran Press TV via AP)
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fourth from left, leads a prayer over the coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fourth from left, leads a prayer over the coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Iranian lawmakers chant anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans to protest against the US killing of Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani, at the start of an open session of parliament in Tehran. Soleimani's death Friday in Iraq further heightens tensions between Tehran and Washington after months of trading attacks and threats that put the wider Middle East on edge. (Mohammad Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
Iranian lawmakers chant anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans to protest against the US killing of Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani, at the start of an open session of parliament in Tehran. Soleimani's death Friday in Iraq further heightens tensions between Tehran and Washington after months of trading attacks and threats that put the wider Middle East on edge. (Mohammad Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Army cadets attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, shown in posters, and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Army cadets attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, shown in posters, and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, shown in posters, and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, shown in posters, and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners burn mock flags of the US and Israel during a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Mourners burn mock flags of the US and Israel during a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Gen. Esmail Ghaani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran. A new Iranian general has stepped out of the shadows to lead the country's expeditionary Quds Force, becoming responsible for Tehran's proxies across the Mideast as the Islamic Republic threatens the US with
Gen. Esmail Ghaani speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran. A new Iranian general has stepped out of the shadows to lead the country's expeditionary Quds Force, becoming responsible for Tehran's proxies across the Mideast as the Islamic Republic threatens the US with "harsh revenge" for killing its previous head, Qassem Soleimani. (Mohammad Ali Marizad/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
Flag-draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike, carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during their funeral in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran. The body of Soleimani arrived Sunday in Iran to throngs of mourners, as US President Donald Trump threatened to bomb 52 sites in the Islamic Republic if Tehran retaliates by attacking Americans. (Alireza Mohammadi/ISNA via AP)
Flag-draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades who were killed in Iraq in a US drone strike, carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during their funeral in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran. The body of Soleimani arrived Sunday in Iran to throngs of mourners, as US President Donald Trump threatened to bomb 52 sites in the Islamic Republic if Tehran retaliates by attacking Americans. (Alireza Mohammadi/ISNA via AP)
An aerial view shows mourners attending a funeral ceremony for Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. (Morteza Jaberian/Mehr News Agency via AP)
An aerial view shows mourners attending a funeral ceremony for Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. (Morteza Jaberian/Mehr News Agency via AP)
The body of Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived Sunday in Iran to throngs of mourners, as President Donald Trump threatened to bomb 52 sites in the Islamic Republic if Tehran retaliates by attacking Americans. (Morteza Jaberian/Mehr News Agency via AP)
The body of Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived Sunday in Iran to throngs of mourners, as President Donald Trump threatened to bomb 52 sites in the Islamic Republic if Tehran retaliates by attacking Americans. (Morteza Jaberian/Mehr News Agency via AP)
Coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a US drone strike, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession, in the city of Mashhad, Iran. (Mohammad Hossein Thaghi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
Coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a US drone strike, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession, in the city of Mashhad, Iran. (Mohammad Hossein Thaghi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
Protesters chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, close to United States' consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, close to United States' consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, close to United States' consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, close to United States' consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Shiite Muslim illuminates a portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, with light from a mobile phone, during a rally to condemn his killing in Iraq by a U.S. airstrike, in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Ikram Suri)
A Shiite Muslim illuminates a portrait of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, with light from a mobile phone, during a rally to condemn his killing in Iraq by a U.S. airstrike, in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Ikram Suri)
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