So revered is this city among Shiite Muslims around the world that its golden domes and minarets draw millions of pilgrims each year and inspire spiritual reflection. But a day after four suicide car bombs killed seven soldiers of the occupation forces and seven Iraqi policemen and wounded more than 100 others, Karbala is a city transformed, joining the ranks of other wounded places in Iraq where security can no longer be taken for granted. Here, in what were once relatively peaceful streets, the rumble of Humvees and the loading of Kalashnikovs are sounds that are becoming as familiar as the calls to prayer. Full Story
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