Shia pilgrims flock to holy city of Karbala | Iraq News | Al Jazeera

Shia pilgrims flock to holy city of Karbala

Hundreds of thousands of Shias celebrate birth anniversary of Imam al-Mehdi amid threats of violence.

    Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims have converged on the holy city of Karbala in Iraq, for one of their most important annual gatherings - the birth anniversary of imam al-Mehdi 12 centuries ago.

    But with the country in the middle of a political crisis, many fear their security can't be guaranteed.

    Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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