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Black-clad pilgrims pack Iraq's Karbala for Ashura

Huge crowds of black-clad Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Wednesday, weeping and beating their chests in mourning for the seventh century killing of the prophet's grandson. Shiites in Iraq have come under frequent attack by Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group who regard them as heretics, and 30,000 security personnel were out on the streets to guard the pilgrims, although attacks in Karbala are rare.
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