Rockets fired after day of mourning for slain Iranian leader

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Palestinian Hamas policemen stand guard next to posters of Qassem Soleimani, the Iran’s head of the Quds Force who was killed in a US drone strike early Friday, in front of a mourning tent held by Palestinian factions for Sleimani in Gaza City, Saturday, Jan 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of militiamen and other supporters chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession in Baghdad for Iran’s top general, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike.

The region braced for Iran to fulfill its vows to avenge the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, but it was unclear when or how it might respond.

Soleimani was killed Friday alongside senior Iraqi militants near Baghdad’s airport.

A series of rockets fell inside or near the Green Zone following the day of mourning.

As the region awaits Iran’s response, all eyes are on Iraq, where America and Iran have competed for influence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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