Iranians demand revenge for Soleimani's killing

On Friday (January 1), banners carrying Soleimani's image could be seen on Tehran's streets, as the country prepared for the anniversary of his killing by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on January 3 last year.

The death of Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, caused a spike in tensions between Iran and the United States.

Iran retaliated with a missile strike against a U.S. military base in Iraq a few days later on January 8, 2020. Hours later, Iranian forces on high alert mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner taking off from Tehran.

Washington blamed Soleimani for masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on U.S. forces in the region.

Soleimani, a 62-year-old general, was Tehran's most prominent military commander and the architect of Iran's spreading influence in the Middle East.