Chillingly written across the “war flag” were the words: “Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein”.
Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolise both blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.
It was hoisted above the important Jamkaran Mosque which is on the outskirts of the holy city of Qom, about 100 miles south of Tehran.
It took to the skies as General Qasem Soleimani’s daughter pleaded with the Iranian president to strike back over her father’s death.
“Who is going to avenge my father’s blood?” she was reported as asking Hassan Rouhani during his visit to the family’s Tehran home.
“We will avenge, all of us will avenge his blood. Don’t you worry,” Mr Rouhani replied, according to Iraqi Kurdistan news site Rudaw.
US SHIPS ON IRAN HIT LIST
The news came as an Iranian military leader said his forces had pinpointed dozens of US interests for attack including “destroyers and warships” near the Persian Gulf and Tel Aviv.
General Gholamali Abuhamzeh warned of a possible attack on “vital American targets” located in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation of Soleimani’s death.
“Vital American targets in the region have been identified by Iran since long time ago … some 35 US targets in the region, as well as Tel Aviv, are within our reach,” he said.
NATO has now suspended training of Iraqi security and armed forces in the region sparking more fears a full-scale conflict is imminent.
“The safety of our personnel in Iraq is paramount,” acting NATO spokesman Dylan White said in a statement.