Iranians continue to flood the streets of Tehran for general Soleimani's ...

Crowds mourning the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani continued to flood the streets of the capital as his funeral procession dragged into the night. 

Earlier in the day hundreds of thousands of people swamped central Tehran to express their outpouring of grief at the death of the revered leader of the elite Quds Force, who was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on Friday.

After following his casket through the capital, Soleimani's body was transported to the holy city of Qom where a ceremony at Masumeh shrine will be held ahead of his burial in his hometown tomorrow. 

Pictures from the procession route showed huge numbers following his body through the streets as mourners surround a truck carrying the flag-draped coffins of Soleimani and his comrades ahead of the general's burial in Kerman.

Before arriving in Qom, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wept over the coffin of Soleimani in Tehran during the second day of the general's funeral, as the warlord's daughter swore revenge on US troops despite Donald 's threats of a fearsome response. 

Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on Friday, shocking the Islamic republic and sending tensions spiralling in the Middle East. 

His remains were flown back to Iran last night along with four other Revolutionary Guard top brass killed alongside him, carried in a cardboard box which had its own row of seats on a passenger jet.  

Mourners surround a truck carrying the flag draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in the holy city of Qom, south of the capital Tehran today

Mourners surround a truck carrying the flag draped coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades in the holy city of Qom, south of the capital Tehran today

Coffins of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession today in Tehran

Coffins of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession today in Tehran

Iranians gathering around a vehicle carrying the caskets of slain military commander Qasem Soleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in the northeastern city of Qom

Iranians gathering around a vehicle carrying the caskets of slain military commander Qasem Soleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in the northeastern city of Qom

Lights from mobile phones were shone in the city of Qom as mourners surround a truck carrying Qassem Soleimani and his four comrade's bodies

Lights from mobile phones were shone in the city of Qom as mourners surround a truck carrying Qassem Soleimani and his four comrade's bodies 

Footage from the flight showed five cardboard coffins laid across rows of seats in what appeared to be the economy section of the plane as video tributes to Soleimani play on the in-flight video screens.

Following the massive funeral marches in Iraq and the Iranian city of Ahvaz, where protesters chanted 'death to America', Soleimani's body was taken to the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad before being flown to Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Sunday night.

Iran has vowed 'severe revenge' and yesterday abandoned the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal in response to the airstrike, while has threatened a 'disproportionate response' targeting cultural sites. 

Adding to the tensions, has warned of sanctions against Iraq if it goes through with expelling US troops from the country - a move which could spark an ISIS resurgence there. 

Speaking to the wailing crowds which stretched as far as the eye could see, Soleimani's daughter Zeinab directly threatened an attack on U.S. forces in the region.

'The families of U.S. soldiers in the Middle East will spend their days waiting for [the] death of their children,' she said to cheers. 

Warning of a 'dark day' looming for the United States, she said: 'Crazy , don't think that everything is over with my father's martyrdom.'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (fourth from left) wept over the remains of Qassem Soleimani as thousands of mourners gathered in Tehran for the second day of the general's funeral

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (fourth from left) wept over the remains of Qassem Soleimani as thousands of mourners gathered in Tehran for the second day of the general's funeral

Mourning: Thousands of people gathered in Tehran for the second day of Qassem Soleimani's funeral after he was killed in a US drone strike on Friday

Mourning: Thousands of people gathered in Tehran for the second day of Qassem Soleimani's funeral after he was killed in a US drone strike on Friday 

A tearful Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left) prayed over the remains of Qassem Soleimani as hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Tehran for the second day of the general's funeral today

A tearful Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left) prayed over the remains of Qassem Soleimani as hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Tehran for the second day of the general's funeral today

The general's daughter Zeinab Soleimani (pictured today) spoke to mourners during the funeral procession in Tehran and directly threatened an attack on U.S. forces in the region

The general's daughter Zeinab Soleimani (pictured today) spoke to mourners during the funeral procession in Tehran and directly threatened an attack on U.S. forces in the region

Cardboard coffins with the face of the dead man inside drawn on the side were seen resting on passenger seats on a jet heading to Tehran

The bodies of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were transported to Tehran on Sunday

Coffins of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were seen resting on passenger seats on a jet heading to Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Sunday night 

Iranians set a US and Israeli flag on fire during Monday's funeral procession for military commander Qasem Soleiman

Iranians set a US and Israeli flag on fire during Monday's funeral procession for military commander Qasem Soleiman

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (centre) and president Hassan Rouhani (immediately to his right) lead prayers over Soleimani's coffin. On Khamenei's left is chief justice Ebrahim Raisi, and to his left is the slain general's successor Esmail Qaani

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (centre) and president Hassan Rouhani (immediately to his right) lead prayers over Soleimani's coffin. On Khamenei's left is chief justice Ebrahim Raisi, and to his left is the slain general's successor Esmail Qaani 

Protesters staged a symbolic 'execution' of a Donald Trump effigy during the funeral ceremony of Qassem Soleimani

Protesters staged a symbolic 'execution' of a Donald effigy during the funeral ceremony of Qassem Soleimani

As the Middle East teetered on the brink of war: 

Iranian state media said 'millions' of people had gathered in Tehran to mourn Soleimani's death in scenes not witnessed since the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989; Soleimani's replacement as commander of the Quds Force, Esmail Qaani, vowed revenge and said Iran was aiming to 'get rid of America from the region';  threatened Iraq with sanctions after the country's parliament voted to kick out the 5,000 US troops stationed there, sparking fears of an ISIS resurgence; The US president defended his targeting of cultural sites despite Democratic claims that he was preparing to commit war crimes;  The US-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq said it was pausing its fight against the jihadist group to shore up its own defences against an Iranian reprisal;  Oil prices jumped to their highest level since September, surpassing $70 per barrel, amid fears that Iran could harass ships in the Strait of Hormuz;   Rockets landed near the US embassy in Baghdad for the second night in a row, with American troops and diplomats on high alert for Iranian reprisals;   Germany, France and Britain called for de-escalation and urged Iran to stick by the 2015 nuclear agreement which is now on the brink of total collapse; Boris Johnson's spokesman cautioned against the destruction of cultural heritage and called Iran's move away from the nuclear deal 'concerning' after the PM returned from holiday for crisis talks in London.  

Today the supreme leader was flanked by Soleimani's son, his military replacement Esmail Qaani and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the funeral in Tehran. 

Mourners prayed together with Khamenei whose voice cracked as he prayed over the flag-draped coffin.

Such public displays of intense grief are common among Shiite Muslims, who hold martyrs in the highest esteem. It also signals deep respect for the deceased.

The funeral showcased the depth of the bond Khamenei had with the slain general and gave insight into how Soleimani's death is being felt personally by the supreme leader.

Some mourners shouted 'Death to America' and burned US and Israeli flags as the coffins of Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader who also died in the drone strike were passed over their heads.  

Iranian state TV put the crowd size at 'millions,' although that number could not be verified. 

The scale of the crowds in Tehran mirrored those who turned out in 1989 for the funeral of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic.  

Soleimani will lie in state at Tehran's famed Musalla mosque as the revolutionary leader did before him. He will eventually be buried in his hometown of Kerman.

Mourners marched towards the university, a key artery in Tehran, and formed a sea of black along Enghelab Street dotted with red Shiite flags and white signs.  

The coffin of Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was also killed in Friday's attack, was draped in the Iraqi flag and passed over the crowds alongside Soleimani's casket. 

'We must give a crushing response,' said one of the mourners, a 61-year-old businessman who gave his name as Afkhami.

'We must target whatever military base they have in the region. We must attack all that are in the range of our missiles.'   

One poster held by a mourner read: 'It is our right to seek a harsh revenge,' echoing comments by Iranian military and political leaders.

Washington regards Soleimani as a terrorist leader who was plotting against Americans and had the blood of thousands on his hands through his work with Iranian proxies in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.  

But many Iranians considered Soleimani, a decorated veteran of the eight-year war with Iraq, a national hero, particularly for mobilising Shi'ite Muslim groups in Iraq to help crush the militant Sunni jihadists of ISIS.  

To Iran's supreme leader, Soleimani was a loyal aide who conferred with him often and cemented Tehran's footprint far beyond the country's borders, helping to preserve and advance the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought the Shiite leadership to power. 

Soleimani was also close with Khamenei's children and the supreme leader had been photographed embracing him in public. The Ayatollah made a rare visit to Soleimani's home the day he was killed to offer condolences to his grieving widow and grown children. 

Their relationship was so close that Khamenei was photographed more than once embracing Soleimani in ways that are customary in Iran for fathers and their beloved sons. 

Unlike other military commanders in the Revolutionary Guard Corps., the 62-year-old general answered only to the 80-year-old Khamenei.

Khamenei so revered him that he awarded the general Iran's highest military order in March. IWhen pinning the medal on Soleimani, the Iranian leader said he hoped God would reward the general and help him live a blissful life that ends with martyrdom.

'Of course, not any time soon,' Khamenei said, adding that the 'Islamic Republic needs him for years to come.' 

And in death, Soleimani has received what no man before him has in modern Iran. His funeral processions have been spread over several days and cities, marking the first time Iran has ever honored a single man with such ceremonies. Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such an honor after his death in 1989. 

The flag-draped coffin of Qassem Soleimani is passed over the heads of mourners at his funeral in the centre of Tehran today

The flag-draped coffin of Qassem Soleimani is passed over the heads of mourners at his funeral in the centre of Tehran today

Mourners gather in Tehran to pay their respects to a military commander who was hailed as a hero by many Iranians

Mourners gather in Tehran to pay their respects to a military commander who was hailed as a hero by many Iranians 

Qassem Soleimani

Soleimani (pictured) was killed in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on Friday, shocking the Islamic republic and sending tensions spiralling in the Middle East 

Thousands of mourners line the streets of Tehran for the funeral procession today, with people waving Iranian and Iraqi flags

Thousands of mourners line the streets of Tehran for the funeral procession today, with people waving Iranian and Iraqi flags

Iranian state media said 'millions' of people had gathered in Tehran to mourn Soleimani's death in scenes not witnessed since the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989

Iranian state media said 'millions' of people had gathered in Tehran to mourn Soleimani's death in scenes not witnessed since the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989

Soleimani's successor Esmail Qaani cries over the coffin of his assassinated predecessor during the funeral in Tehran today

Soleimani's successor Esmail Qaani cries over the coffin of his assassinated predecessor during the funeral in Tehran today

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Soleimani's long-time lieutenant and successor Esmail Qaani stand by the coffin of the military commander who died on Friday

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Soleimani's long-time lieutenant and successor Esmail Qaani stand by the coffin of the military commander who died on Friday 

One funeral organiser has called on every Iranian to donate money towards an $80million bounty on 's head, according to Iranian television. 

On Friday Khamenei

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