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Iraqi Consulate to hold 2-day memorial in Michigan after death of Iranian general

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei General Qasem Soleimani, during the funeral procession in the capital. (SalamPix/ABACAPRESS.COM/TNS)

The Consulate General of the Republic of Iraq is accepting condolences for those killed in Iraq as a result of recent American raids, officials announced Monday.

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The consulate, based in Southfield, said it will be opening a record of “condolences for the lives of the righteous martyrs who were killed” for community members to contribute to on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The record will be open from 2-5 p.m. in the consulate building, located at 16445 W. 12 Mile, according to an online statement. The consulate declined to further comment.

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei General Qasem Soleimani, during the funeral procession in the capital. Downtown Tehran, Iran was brought to a standstill on Jan. 6, 2020 as mourners flooded the Iranian capital to pay an emotional homage to Soleimani, the general who spearheaded Iran’s Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 3 near Baghdad airport along with Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others. (SalamPix/ABACAPRESS.COM/TNS)

In Tehran on Monday, the targeted killing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani drew a crowd that police said numbered in the millions. Soleimani’s replacement vowed to take revenge.

Additionally, Tehran has abandoned the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to the slaying; in Iraq, the parliament has called for the expulsion of all American troops from Iraqi soil.

On Monday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, prayed over the caskets of Soleimani and others killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, an attack that has raised tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Adding to the tensions, President Donald Trump threatened to demand billions of dollars in compensation from Iraq or impose “sanctions like they’ve never seen before” if it goes through with expelling U.S. troops.

Soleimani’s daughter, Zeinab, directly threatened an attack on the U.S. military in the Mideast while speaking to a crowd that stretched as far as the eye could see down major thoroughfares in Iran’s capital.


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