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Iraq: Coffin believed to contain Soleimani's body leaves hospital *EXCLUSIVE*00:49

Iraq: Coffin believed to contain Soleimani's body leaves hospital *EXCLUSIVE*

Iraq, Baghdad
January 3, 2020 at 15:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Coffins believed to contain the bodies of the Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leaders left al-Muthana Military Hospital in Baghdad on Friday morning.

A group of mourners, some chanting and crying, carried the coffins on their shoulders to waiting hearses.

Soleimani and the deputy leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Mohammed Ali Ebrahimi, also known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and other Iran-backed militia leaders were killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad's international airport in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Quds Force leader was regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Pentagon released a statement confirming the US had carried out the airstrike at the order of US President Donald Trump, calling it a "decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad." Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "severe revenge awaits the criminals" behind the attack.

Iraq: Coffin believed to contain Soleimani's body leaves hospital *EXCLUSIVE*00:49
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Coffins believed to contain the bodies of the Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leaders left al-Muthana Military Hospital in Baghdad on Friday morning.

A group of mourners, some chanting and crying, carried the coffins on their shoulders to waiting hearses.

Soleimani and the deputy leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Mohammed Ali Ebrahimi, also known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and other Iran-backed militia leaders were killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad's international airport in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Quds Force leader was regarded as the second most powerful figure in Iran after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Pentagon released a statement confirming the US had carried out the airstrike at the order of US President Donald Trump, calling it a "decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad." Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "severe revenge awaits the criminals" behind the attack.

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