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Iraqi Shi'a Begin Pilgrimage To Karbala


http://gdb.rferl.org/C55C943E-9E7E-48D2-94D4-EA8B05113F5F_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/C55C943E-9E7E-48D2-94D4-EA8B05113F5F_mw800_mh600.jpg Shi'ite festival in Karbala in 2006 (AFP) August 26, 2007 -- Thousands of Shi'a pilgrims left Baghdad for Iraq's holy city of Karbala today -- 110 kilometers away -- to attend ceremonies marking the birth of Muhammad al-Mahdi, the 12th and last Shi'ite imam.


Such pilgrimages have been the target of sectarian attacks in the past.


One female pilgrim was killed today in a drive-by shooting in southern Baghdad.


Authorities have imposed a partial ban on vehicles in Baghdad in an effort to stop attacks.


(AFP)

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