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Shi'ite Muslims travel to Kerbala despite risk

01-11-2012 11:06 BJT

Tens of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims have poured into Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala, despite becoming the main targets of a bombing campaign that’s followed the withdrawal of US troops last month.

A political crisis since the withdrawal has raised fears among many Iraqis of a return to the sectarian slaughter in which tens of thousands were killed in 2006 and 2007.

Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk to the holy city of Kerbala to mark Arbain in
Baghdad's Doura District January 10, 2012.

Attacks targeting Shi’ites have killed scores of people since the Shi’ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki issued an arrest warrant for a Sunni vice president and the main Sunni-backed party boycotted parliament.

Pilgrims have choked the streets of the capital Baghdad and border crossings with Iran this week for Ar-bain, one of the main holy days of the Shi’ite calendar. Many pilgrims say they are fully aware of the dangers but are determined to commemorate the end of a 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein.

Shiite pilgrims walk towards the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala where they will mark
the Arbaeen religious festival -- which is the 40th day after Ashura to commemorate
the killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein in the seventh century.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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