Iraq’s pro-Iran militias make plans to commemorate Soleimani’s killing

Cairo: Iraq’s Iran-allied militias have unveiled plans to commemorate a top Iranian general who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad a year ago.

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On January 3 last year, Qasim Soleimani, the chief of Iran’s self-styled Quds Force affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, was killed in a US drone strike near the Baghdad Airport.

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Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Iran-backed militia Al Hashd Al Shabi or the Popular Mobilisation as well as several others were also killed in the strike that fuelled tensions between Tehran and Washington.

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Massive rally

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In commemoration of Soleimani’s assassination anniversary, the secretary general of the pro-Iran group, the Leagues of the Righteous People Qais Al Khazali, called for a massive rally in memory of the late Iranian general.

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“We invite each honest citizen of this country to participate in the demonstration on Sunday,” Al Khazali said in a tweet.

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He dubbed the gathered, taking place in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, “days of Martyrdom and Sovereignty”. Other Iraqi Iran-linked groups plans memorial gathering for Soleimiani.

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Soleimani, 62, forged strong links with Tehran’s proxy militias in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. He was seen as the architect of Iran’s interference in the region.

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