Security tight as Shiites mark holy day in Iraq

November 4, 2014 8:37 AM

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims have flocked to an Iraqi holy city for the peak of a 10-day religious ritual amid tight security over fears of sectarian attacks.

Ashoura rituals were so far peaceful in the city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, on Tuesday as more than 30,000 Iraqi troops were deployed to protect the worshippers. This is the first time Ashoura has been observed since Sunni extremists -- who view Shiites as apostates deser...

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