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Syrian Shia pilgrims stay on in Iraq

As conflict rages in Syria, growing community of Syrian Shia pilgrims decide not to return home.

Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 13:43
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The conflict in Syria has become increasingly sectarian as it spills over into neighbouring countries.

Iraq has essentially closed its border to Syrian refugees, partly to avoid an influx of Sunni muslims.

But a growing community of Shia pilgrims from Syria have decided simply not to go home.

Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf reports from holy city of Najaf.

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