Mourners throng the car carrying the body of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession for Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad on January 4.
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In pictures: Tensions rise as US strike kills Iran's top general

Updated 9:36 PM ET, Sat January 4, 2020

Mourners throng the car carrying the body of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession for Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad on January 4.
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The head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit, Qasem Soleimani, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad airport in Iraq on Friday morning. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iran-backed paramilitary force, was also killed.

The US has claimed responsibility for the strike, saying it was aimed at preventing future Iranian attack plans.

The strike comes after PMF supporters and members attempted to storm the US embassy in Baghdad