Stampede kills 40 at funeral for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani

Monday, 13 Jan, 2020

It reported that 35 people have been killed and 48 injured in the incident on Tuesday.

Head of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) elite Quds Force Qasem Soleimani was killed in a USA drone strike near Baghdad International Airport on Friday.

Iranian state TV says the missile strikes were retaliation for the USA killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose death last week - in an American drone strike near Baghdad prompted angry calls to avenge his slaying.

A procession in Tehran on Monday drew over 1 million people in the Iranian capital for the man viewed as a national hero.

US President Donald Trump ordered the attack after protesters became angry with deadly December 29.

The comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg follow a suspension of the mission's activities over the weekend due to security concerns following the killing of an Iranian military commander in Iraq by the U.S. Iran's parliament, which regularly chants "death to America" during its sessions, contributed to the occasion by branding via near-unanimous vote the "U.S". In Iraq, pro-Iranian factions in parliament have pushed to oust American troops from Iraqi soil following Soleimani's killing at the Baghdad airport.

Iran's coastline runs along a Gulf oil shipping route that includes the narrow Strait of Hormuz.

Washington denied a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to allow him to attend a U.N. Security Council meeting in NY on Thursday, a US official said.

Mr Salami praised Gen Soleimani's exploits and said as a martyr, he represented an even greater threat to Iran's enemies.

Pompeo also held Soleimani responsible for a Dec 27 rocket attack in Iraq in which a USA civilian contractor was killed.

The report quoted Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, as saying that even the weakest among them would be a "historic nightmare" for the United States.

The Pentagon accused Soleimani of plotting an earlier embassy attack in Iraq and planning to carry out attacks on U.S. diplomats and service members in Iraq and the region.

State TV, citing a senior Revolutionary Guards source, also said Iran had 100 other targets in the region in its sights if Washington took any retaliatory measures.

Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a prominent Iranian military leader.

USA officials said some Iranian vessels that have spread out could move rapidly to attack - and that Washington anticipated a "major" attack of some kind within the next day or two.

Trump administration officials will provide a classified briefing for US senators on Wednesday on events in Iraq after some lawmakers accused the White House of risking a broad conflict without a strategy. His comments come after Trump threatened to target Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliates for Soleimani's killing, which would violate worldwide law.

The US as the host of the United Nations headquarters is supposed to allow foreign officials to attend such meetings.

"They will pay all three errors", said Zarif. "But they are mistaken".

Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer, says the New York Democrat is closely monitoring the situation and is praying for the safety of service members and other personnel.

But Esper, when pressed to address whether the military would target such sites, responded, "That's the laws of armed conflict".