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Iraq: Supporters hold vigil for slain Iranian general Soleimani at Baghdad airport

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Supporters of late General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike, held a vigil in Baghdad on Sunday to mark the second anniversary of his death.
The wreckage was seen placed at the airport where a drone missile hit the car the general was in on 3 January 2020. Nearby, cars drove over the US and Israeli flags laid out on the road. Mourners and supporters of Soleimani carried flags of the Popular Mobilisation Forces or portraits of Soleimani. Soldiers and mourners lit candles and flying lanterns following a memorial speech.
Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital on 3 January 2020 on the orders of US President Donald Trump. In Iran, Soleimani was considered a national hero for preventing the expansion of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia in the region, but the US saw him as a terrorist and the military face of Iranian interference in the region’s neighbouring countries.

SOT, Abdullah Al-Otaibi, Resident (Arabic): “From here, we condemn this crime by the Americans and tell them that you have no place in Iraq. Evacuate your bases, because Iraq has become secure with the presence of a crowd, army, police, and anti-terrorism, and Iraq has a crowd to protect it. You have no place in the land of Mesopotamia. Iraq has become safe with these heroes, and your heinous crime, as your foolish president, Trump, said that the region will be safer with the death of Soleimani. No, no, a thousand, no, Soleimani went bodily, but he was born a thousand, and a thousand, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.”

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