Qassem Soleimani the architect of Tehran’s overseas clandestine and military operations as head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, was killed on Friday in a U.S. drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport.
Following massive funeral marches in Iraq, his body was flown to the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran.
Video from the scene shows a casket wrapped in an Iranian flag being unloaded from a plane as a military band plays and the crowd angrily chanted ‘Death to America’.
Iran issued its latest threat of retaliation on Saturday, when Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami promised ‘a strategic revenge which will definitely put an end to the US presence in the region.’
As tensions heightened, Britain has manoeuvered two warships to accompany British-flagged oil tankers in the Gulf and more than 400 soldiers training local forces have been ordered to abandon duties and switch to ‘force protection’ and guard British diplomats and assets.