Iraq’s Karbala registers record number of pilgrims

Shiite Muslims gather outside the Imam Hussein shrine on December 11, 2014, in the central Iraqi city of Karbala in preparation for the the Arbaeen religious festival. (AFP)

Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said Thursday that the number of pilgrims in the city of Karbala for the annual Arbaeen commemoration had reached a record 17.5 million this year.

Arbaeen, which marks the end of the 40-day period of mourning after the anniversary of Imam Hussein’s death, is considered one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.
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