Dec 25, 2021 12:44 UTC
  • Thousands rally in Baghdad to pay homage to Gen. Soleimani, Muhandis, fallen resistance fighters

Thousands of people have staged a mass rally in Iraq to pay tribute to top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, who were assassinated in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport last January.

The demonstrators took to the streets in the capital Baghdad on Friday, holding up pictures of the two legendary commanders and members of the anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha'abi, who were martyred in battles against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

“Having spent weeks of sorrow and hardship, peaceful demonstrators and marchers are gathering on the Friday of Insight to renew their allegiance with those who sacrificed their lives to obtain justice, and to confront those conspiring against our future. The demonstrators oppose any form of normalization of relations with Israel and capitulation to criminal American occupiers,” the participants said in a final communiqué.

It added, “On the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of the two top anti-terror commanders and a number of Kata'ib Hezbollah fighters, we appeal to the Iraqi Judiciary not to give in to pressure, and stand up firmly against fraudsters and aggressors.”

Anti-US sentiment has been growing in Iraq since last year's assassination of Muhandis along with the region's legendary anti-terror commander General Soleimani in Baghdad.

They were targeted along with their companions on January 3, 2020, in a terrorist drone strike authorized by former US president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport.

Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that requires the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by the US.