Kerman and the GeneralPosted May 24, 2022 by Jan
Kerman (pop 850,000)
Islamic Republic of Iran
May 25, 2022
During his lifetime, General Qasem Soleimani was a controversial military and political figure in Iran. I learned that some families were supportive of him. Others not.
But in response to his untimely death of “unnatural causes” in 2020 at the airport in Baghdad, Commander Soleimani was elevated to the status of a revered national hero. Hundreds of thousands attended his many funeral processions around Iran.
Qasem Soleimani is buried here in the Kerman Martyrs Cemetery. Each day a government official arrives to lay a wreath at his grave. He is joined by dozens of other mourners from Kerman and from Qanat-e Malek, Soleimani’s home village. Black clad women prostrate themselves on the black granite marker.