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Det er shia-høytid. To selvmordsbombere plasserte seg der trengselen var størst og tok med seg 106 mennesker i døden. I Sør-Afrika kalte man det black-on-black violence, dette er muslim-mot-muslim.

Thomas L. Friedman har helt rett: hvorfor reiser ikke verdens muslimer seg, både lederne og vanlige folk, og krever at noe gjøres for å stanse den sekteriske volden?

Hensikten med angrepene er å utløse ragnarok – full krig mellom shiaer og sunnier, som trolig vil utløse at nabolandene griper inn.

In an instant, bodies were set ablaze, people were running and the ground was mixed with teapots, kettles and other supplies for pilgrims,» said Mahdi Kadim, one of the survivors.
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This weekend, huge crowds of Shiite worshippers will gather for rites marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Hussein died near Karbala in a 7th-century battle.

In Hillah, southeast of Karbala, a long line of pilgrims marched toward a bridge checkpoint on the edge of the city. Food and cool drinks were distributed at nearby tents.

The first suicide bomber killed dozens and touched off a mad dash away from the bridge, said witness Salim Mohammed Ali Abbas. As the fleeing crowd grew thicker, another suicide bomber among them blew himself apart.

A police commander, Brig. Gen. Othman al-Ghanemi, said the attackers joined the procession outside Hillah and waited until it reached the checkpoint bottleneck to try to maximize the damage.

De to siste årene har Mahdi-militsen stått for sikkerheten i Karbala og omegn. Denne gang var det regjeringen og amerikanerne. At det endte så blodig er en lærepenge shiaene vil huske.

Bombers massacre Iraq Shiite pilgrims

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