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Fact check: 2020 Image Of Iranian General Soleimani’s Funeral Goes Viral As Funeral Of Late Iranian President Raisi


Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi, along with Foreign Minister Hossain Amirabdullahian, died in a helicopter crash on May 19, 2024. Against this backdrop, a picture of a huge crowd is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that it is the funeral of late President Raisi.

The post was shared on Facebook with a caption: Western empherialist says Raisi was unpopular in Iran. I saw millions of people at his funeral. #Israilb, #America and #uk you must need hypocrisy medication. President Joe Biden #natanyaho Rishi Sunak Real terrorists. 

Here’s the link to the above post (archive).


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post, and found it to be misleading.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the viral picture, the NM team traced an article by an Iranian newswire,  Islamic Republic News Agency, dated January 6, 2020, with a caption: “Tehran, Jan 6, IRNA – The people of Mashad welcomed as a hero the body of the late Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani.”

According to the report, General Soleimani, who had fought and annihilated the US-made Daesh terrorist group, was assassinated in Baghdad by the US targeted airstrike. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Mashad to bid farewell to the Iranian national hero, who had saved the Middle East from the US-made terrorist group Daesh (ISIS).

The same image was also shared in an article by Tasnim News in 2020. The same image was found on Shutterstock, with a title: “Funeral of Top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani killed in US airstrike in Baghdad, Mashhad, Iran Islamic Republic Of – 05 Jan 2020.”

The image description reads: “Iranians carrying the coffin of late Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani in the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran, on January 5, 2020. The Pentagon announced that Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed on January 3, 2020, following a US airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport. The attack comes amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington.”

From the above information, it is clear that the image of the funeral of late Iranian General Qasem Soleimani has gone viral, falsely claiming that it is the funeral of late President Raisi.

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