Shiite faithful pilgrims cover themselves with mud, as a sign of grief for Imam Hussein, as they march to the holy shrine of Imam Hussein during the preparations for the Muslim festival of Arbaeen in the Shiite holy city of Karbala. (AP/Hadi Mizban)
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A deadly mortar attack Friday near the Iraqi city of Karbala stoked security concerns as millions of Shiite pilgrims gathered for one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.Record numbers of Shiite faithful have been converging on Karbala from across Iraq and other countries for Arbaeen, which marks the end of a 40-day period of mourning following the anniversary of Imam Hussein's death.Hussein is one of the most revered figures for Shiites, who are the largest community in Iraq and the overwhelming majority in neighboring Iran.Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said on Thursday that more than 17 million pilgrims had come to Karbala for Arbaeen, which in a normal year is already considered one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.The bombing of a revered Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra in February 2006 was the main trigger for a bloody sectarian war between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites.
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