Tens of thousands of Iraqis shouting anti-American slogans mark the anniversary of the killing of Iran’s supreme general, Kasem Soleimani, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in the central square of Baghdad on Sunday.
The rally took place on the last days of the Donald Trump administration, coinciding with rising tensions between Iran and the United States, and many in the crowd demanded revenge.
Solei Mani, the head of the foreign elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, was killed in a U.S. drone attack that attacked a convoy at Baghdad Airport on January 3, 2020, which drove U.S. and Iranian hostilities into the unknown sea and into the attack. Raised concerns about conflagration.
Washington accused Soley Mani of attacking US troops in the area by militias linked to Iran.
In response to a request from a group of militias known as the Mass Mobilization Force (PMF), supported and trained by Iran, protesters gathered at Tahrir Square waved the Iraqi flag and shouted anti-American slogans such as “America is America”. The great Satan”.
Reflecting the ongoing regional tensions, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged Trump on Saturday to avoid trapping in Israel’s plans to trigger war through attacks on US troops in Iraq.
Israeli officials dismissed the accusation as “nonsense,” and said it was Israel that should be wary of possible strikes in Iran on the anniversary of Soleimani’s death.
The United States blames Iranian-backed militias for regular rocket attacks on US facilities in Iraq, including near US embassy. Known Iranian support groups did not claim responsibility.
The US military last week sent two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers into the Middle East as a message of deterrence against Iran, but the bombers have since left the area.
On Saturday evening, thousands of mourners gathered on the highway leading to Baghdad Airport where Solei Mani and Wuhan Dis were murdered to hold a mock funeral procession in honor of the two men.