Iraq Commemorates Shi’ite Mourning Amid Preparations to Attack Mosul

By Ahmed Saeed KERBALA, Iraq, Oct 13 – Millions of Shi’ite Muslims flocked to Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala on Wednesday to commemorate Ashura, a religious day marking the slaying of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein in the 7th century AD in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed. Visitors came from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and

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Afghans Observe Subdued Ashura after Deadly Mosque Attack

KABUL, Oct 12 – Commemorations for the holy day of Ashura in the Afghan capital, Kabul, were subdued on Wednesday, amid security fears after a gunman killed at least 18 worshippers and wounded 50 during a religious gathering at a shrine. The attacker, said to be wearing a police uniform, entered the Karte Shakhi mosque

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