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Iraq on high alert ahead of Shiite ceremony

Iraq’s security forces imposed a massive clampdown on Baghdad and the southern holy city of Karbala to prevent insurgent attacks on tens of thousands of pilgrims gathering for a major Shiite religious ceremony. Baghdad was under tight security with roads closed to cars and additional checkpoints set up throughout the capital. Police announced they have closed bridges leading to the south of the country in effort to block a squad of suicide bombers reported to be heading to Karbala to disrupt the Ashura ceremonies marking the death of the Imam Hussein. Full Story

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