Mourners carry the coffins during a funeral procession of the Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, and the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, at Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The son of Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric was there to welcome the funeral procession for Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf, state TV said on Saturday.
“Mohammed Redha al-Sistani receives the bodies of the martyrs … in Najaf,” state TV said.
Mohamed Redha is the son of the country’s top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
A procession carrying the bodies of Soleimani, Muhandis and other Iraqis killed in a U.S. strike moved on Saturday from Baghdad to the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala and finally arrived in Najaf.
Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Maha El Dahan