Iran’s supreme leader wept Monday over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, his prayers joining the wails of mourners who flooded the streets of Tehran demanding retaliation against America for a slaying that’s drastically raised tensions across the Middle East. The funeral for Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Suleimani drew a crowd said by police to be in the millions in the Iranian capital, filling thoroughfares and side streets as far as the eye could see. Although there was no independent estimate, aerial footage and Associated Press journalists suggested a turnout of at least 1 million, and the throngs were even visible on satellite images of Tehran.Authorities later brought his remains and those of others to the holy city of Qom, drawing another massive crowd.It was an unprecedented honor for a man viewed by Iranians as a national hero for his work leading the Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force. The U.S. blames him for the killing of American troops in Iraq and accused him of plotting new attacks just before his death Friday. Suleimani also led forces in Syria backing President Bashar Assad in a long war. Advertisement His death already has pushed Tehran to… Read full this story
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