The body of Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a United States strike at Baghdad International airport, was identified through the prominent red ring on his severed hand on Friday.
Soleimani, a 62-year-old general, was Tehran's pre-eminent military commander and - as head of the Revolutionary Guards' overseas Quds Force - the architect of Iran's spreading influence in the Middle East.
The strike, on an access road near Baghdad's airport, was carried out by an American drone, according to a U.S. official.
The coffins were first brought to a revered Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, where thousands of mourners chanted "Death to America!" The procession was to end in Najaf, another sacred Shi'ite city where Muhandis and the other Iraqis killed will be laid to rest.
Killing the Quds leader was the "biggest strategic mistake" the United States has made in its four decades of standoff with Iran, Abuhamzeh said, promising that Tehran will "exact revenge".
"No one wants to see an escalation with Iran", Cantwell said.
The British government on Saturday advised United Kingdom nationals to avoid travelling to Iraq and Iran in face of heightened tensions in the Middle East following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian commander in Baghdad.
The president allegedly felt further decisive action could help cement his reputation following the quick response to the attack on the USA embassy in Baghdad on January 31, 2019, as well as the airstrikes launched against fighters loyal to Shiite Iraqi militia Kataib Hezbollah after a US civilian defense contractor was killed during a rocket attack in Kirkuk. He was also blamed for attacks on US troops and American allies going back to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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MCX gold price has already risen 27 percent previous year , the biggest annual advance since 2010 on US-China trade war, he noted. Oil prices surged and most major global stock markets declined Friday after an Iranian general was killed by US forces in Iraq.
"If the Iraqi leaders and all Iraqi factions do not show wisdom and restraint in dealing with such a conflict, the biggest loser will be the Iraqi people", al-Sheikh warned.
Ties between Washington and Tehran have dramatically deteriorated since Trump's decision to pull out of a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 and reintroduce sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The U.S. strike followed a sharp increase in U.S.
The secretary also added that he wished leaders of European nations would have been more helpful in the region, saying: "The Brits, the French, the Germans all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans did, saved lives in Europe as well".
The killing has led to speculation over how the Iranians might respond, with the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declaring that "harsh retaliation is waiting".
Kerman is Soleimani's home province. "We have woken up to a more risky world".
"I don't think there will be a war, but we must get his revenge", said Hojjat Sanieefar. Iran or Iranian-sponsored groups have carried out terrorist attacks or plots in Germany, France, Bulgaria, Cyprus and elsewhere.
According to Marc Owen Jones, a social media expert and professor of Middle Eastern studies, around 250 of the accounts were created after Soleimani was killed on Thursday, "a large proportion".