Mortars hit Shia festival in Iraq

New attack on Shias as Jalal Talabani, Iraq's president, returns from Syria trip.

    Iraqi Shias have begun their annual commemoration of the death of the Imam Hussein [AFP]

    The religious ceremonies of Iraq's Shia Muslims - who make up 60 per cent of the country's population - have frequently been attacked during the war in Iraq.
     
    Many of the attacks are believed to have been carried out by Sunni Muslims - some of whom regard the Shia as heretics.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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