By Ali Arouzi, Yuliya Talmazan, Carol E. Lee and Courtney Kube
TEHRAN, Iran — A tide of mourners welcomed the body of Gen. Qassem Soleimani home to Iran on Sunday, ahead of a grand funeral for the man whose death in a U.S. drone strike early Friday stoked shock, anger and fears of escalation in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, in Baghdad the Iraqi parliament voted to ask its government to end the U.S. military presence in the country, and Iraq's prime minister has scheduled a meeting with the U.S. ambassador for Monday to discuss the U.S. role in Iraq, according to two officials familiar with the planning.
The officials say Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is expected to tell Ambassador Matthew Tueller that U.S. troops will have to leave the country, and is expected to ask for a timeline.
Shortly before Sunday's vote in the Iraqi parliament, the U.S.-led coalition said it had paused training and support of Iraqi security forces because of repeated rocket attacks on U.S. bases.
The United States has about 5,000 personnel in Iraq to combat ISIS, a fight Soleimani is credited with aiding. A further 3,000 service members were sent to the region Friday in the wake of Soleimani's death and the broader unrest.
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Soleimani's death has dominated life in Iran since Friday.
Tens of thousands of people packed the streets of Ahvaz and Mashhad Sunday to pay tribute to Soleimani.
They were the first stops on a grand multi-city funeral procession for Soleimani, one of the country's most powerful military and political figures.
Images depicting the general have been plastered across the country, while state TV has been covering his death nonstop, with all channels displaying a black stripe in the corner of the screen as a sign of mourning.
State television said Sunday that Iran was ending its commitment to limit enrichment of uranium as part of the deal. The country's Foreign Ministry said Iran would take an even bigger step away from the deal than it had initially planned as a result of the U.S. strike.
Ali Arouzi reported from Tehran. Yuliya Talmazan reported from London.
Ali Arouzi is NBC News' Tehran bureau chief and correspondent.
Yuliya Talmazan is a London-based journalist.
Carol E. Lee
Carol E. Lee is an NBC News correspondent.
Courtney Kube is a correspondent covering national security and the military for the NBC News Investigative Unit.