Tight Security for Annual Shi’ite Pilgrimage in Iraq’s Kerbala

KERBALA, Iraq, Nov 21 – Hundreds of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims gathered in Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala on Monday for the annual pilgrimage of Arbaeen, which marks the end of a 40-day mourning period for the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein. Iraqi authorities adopted tight security measures before the procession, during which

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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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Daesh Claims Suicide Bombing at Iraqi Wedding

BAGHDAD, Aug 29 – Daesh has claimed a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and injured 16 at a wedding party near the holy Shi’ite city of Kerbala late on Sunday. Five assailants including the suicide bomber attacked the celebration in Ain al-Tamr, west of Kerbala in southern Iraq, firing machine guns and

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