CAR BOMB KILLS 17 SHIITE PILGRIMS IN IRAQ

A car bomb killed 17 worshippers south of Baghdad on Thursday as pilgrims from around the world thronged Iraq’s shrine city of Karbala to finish commemorations for a revered figure in Shiite Islam.

The attack came despite a massive security operation mounted to safeguard the millions of Shiite Muslims travelling to and from Karbala for the conclusion of Arbaeen mourning rituals.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in a car park in the town of Musayyib used mainly for vehicles transporting pilgrims, but Sunni militants often try to target Shiites during commemoration rituals in a bid to incite sectarian bloodshed.

The 5:00 pm (1400 GMT) blast killed 17 people and wounded 47, a police officer and a doctor said, the second deadly attack in recent days in Musayyib, which lies about half way along the main route linking Baghdad and Karbala.

Seven people were killed in Musayyib on December 31, apparently because they were Shiites.

Among the dead in Thursday’s attack were five women and four children, the medic said, adding that the toll could rise because many of the wounded were badly hurt.

The threat of attack had spurred authorities to deploy 35,000 soldiers and police to Karbala, including 2,500 policewomen, in the run-up to and the climax of Arbaeen.

Huge crowds flooded the city’s streets as sad songs blared from loudspeakers and black flags flew alongside pictures of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Imam Abbas, revered figures in Shiite Islam who are buried in Karbala.

Provincial governor Amal al-Din al-Har said some 18 million pilgrims passed through Karbala, 110 kilometres (70 miles) south of Baghdad, by the end of the commemorations on Thursday afternoon, many walking for days from across Iraq.

Among the worshippers were around 750,000 from 30 different countries, leaving all of the city’s 700 hotels with 100 percent occupancy, the governor said.

Arbaeen marks 40 days after the Ashura anniversary commemorating the killing of Imam Hussein by the armies of the caliph Yazid in 680 AD.

“We are defying terrorism, and we are following the example of Karbala in sacrifice and redemption,” said Mohammed Swadi, 40, adding that he had walked for 12 days from the southern port city of Basra for the occasion.

“This is not much when it comes to expressing our love for Imam Hussein.”

Another pilgrim said she had walked for three days from the central city of Hilla to attend Arbaeen in Karbala, to pray for a medical cure.

“I have a skin disease that doctors could not treat, and I vowed to attend the pilgrimage walking on foot and ask Allah with the name of Hussein to cure me,” said the 35-year-old who gave her name as Umm Ali, or mother of Ali.

The seventh century battle near Karbala is at the heart of the historical division between Islam’s Sunni and Shiite sects, a split that fuelled sectarian violence between the majority Shiite and minority Sunni communities after the US-led invasion of 2003.

Shiites make up around 15 percent of Muslims worldwide. They are the majority population in Iraq, Iran and Bahrain and form significant communities in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia.

Now-executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime barred the vast majority of Ashura and Arbaeen commemorations.

Yahoo News

  • Btru2u

    The killing of unarmed civilians mst be condemned. This sounds like a mossad operation.

  • Btru2u

    The killing of unarmed civilians mst be condemned. This sounds like a mossad operation.

  • Constantin7

    Probably the killing of the Shiaa in Pakistan and Afghanistan also is made by the Mossad !!!

    The other day, I was listening to a debate between Dr. Wafa Sultan (my hero) and Sheikh Bakri from Tripoli/Lebanon. Sheikh Bakri said it as it is without any embarrassment nor hesitation, and he said: ” Al-Islam Yaalou wa la Uula ” and that the blood of the Christians and the Jews and their possessions is HALAL to a Muslim. He also said that Christians have 2 choices per cheikh Bakri: 1) Either they live under the Islamic rule and shariaa as 2nd class citizens paying the Jizya or 2) face war with Islam.
    This Cheikh did not leave any argument for Dr. Sultan to de-mask Islam and its doctrines as he was honest enough to declare this publicly and defend his position by saying that GOD wants that in the Kuran and that he is just applying the Kuran and his religion.
    He also said that GOD asked Jesus to do all the good he did and the same GOD asked Mohammad to do all the wars, the killings, the theft, etc…that he did. One question that I asked myself: If this GOD is one and the same in the past, present and future, how could GOD give different and opposite instructions to different prophets ? Does GOD have different values at different times ? For one prophet he says “don’t Kill” and for another he says “Kill” ?

    If you are a muslim, can read and write and have a brain please use it. God definitely gave us our brain to use it, and any religion or doctrine that forbids us from thinking and questioniong, it cannot possibly be from God. As God cannot give us a brain and ask us not to use it.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      so which one are you gonna pick?

    • Prophettttt

      Constantine7, I don’t know why you even waste your time listening to people like this fanatic, who has failed to even convince his own daughter of his twisted views. She ditched his evil extreme interpretation of Islam, and went to the other extreme to become a pole dancer. He has no followings, no influence, and no credibility, and should never be quoted. I wish someone would tell me exactly how many people stand behind him when He leads a prayer? Not many, for sure.
      I’d be cautious of any one who goes from one extreme to another.
      His life style in England was full of contradictions and hypocrisy .

    • Btru2u

      Constantine, you are an obvious ignorant islamaphobe. Let me correct you. The prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) did not start the wars but he did stand up for God and win just as Moses won against pharaoh. . He did not cow to oppresors. Under an islamic state Muslims are forced to pay two and a half per cent zakat . Non muslims pay only two per cent jizya, so financially the non Muslims are better off. So you should be embracing this system. Jesus said I did not Come to bring peace , but the sword. Mathew 10;34. I know there is a lot of enmity between sects at the moment but Islam teaches us not to kill out of anger but for the greater good of God cause. Human emotions probably play a part in some killings but this never used to happen before the invasions on Muslims lands by the crusaders who are using very treacherous and deceitful tactics.

      • Constantin7

        Btru2u,

        All Christians in the Middle East and in Islamic countries have become Islamophobes. When Islam is going to dictate on me what to eat, what to wear, what to say and not to say, yes I become an Islamophobe. When Islam treats me as a second class citizen and call me “Ahlu Al-dhimma” and not allow me any political rights (like what is happening in Egypt with the copts, and the christians in Palestine and Irak), yes I become an Islamophobe. When you want to impose on me a Jizya whether 2 or 2.5% or less than muslims or more (does not matter), which I refuse completely and you do not have any right to impose anything on me, yes I become an Islamophobe. When your cheikhs day and night call upon GOD to kill the christians or jews and make their wifes as widows, yes I become an Islamophobe, when Muslims are trying to invade the christian areas and buy their land at exhorbitant prices just to populate their areas, yes I become an Islamophobe (like what Hariri did in Eastern Saida and downtown Beirut, like what Hizbullah is doing in Jezzine, Hadath, Choueifat, Lhassa (jbeil), yes I become an Islamophobe.

        For your information Moses did not have any wars with Pharaohs, God was his helper to escape Egypt. Yes Jesus said that he did not come to bring peace but the sword, he meant that he came to split people who follow him and follow the word of God from those who will not and these 2 opposite wordly forces will be fighting each other, the regular fight between Good and Evil, Right and wrong, this is what he meant. Jesus himself never held a sword, never slapped any body, and never taught any one to use force, in the contrary he said LOVE YOUR ENNEMIES and Pray for them.

        Finally, if you are still affected by the crusaders invasions, which the muslims armies defeated anyways, you are still living in the past and are a crusader-phobe lolll.

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          yeah right, now cry me a river

        • Btru2u

          As Goerge Bush stated when he went to war on Islam after sept 11, he used the word crusade. So he announced and started the new crusade under the controversial false flag attackof sep 11 which still has many unanswered questions and the facts point to an inside job by the Zionists. Todays crusaders, are spending and losing their wealth trying to destroy Islam. As much as they deny that it is not a war on Islam, you and I know it is exactly that. The moral fabric of western society is diminishing, because you do not want to follow God’s laws, you want to eat pork, you want to excuse fornication, drunkenness , dishonour you mother and father , steal , kill, make false images of God, etc and they make pay 70 per cent your incomes in direct and indirect taxes which nothing short of slavery. With patience, God will grant victory to the believers and the righteous of today just as he granted victory to the believers and righteous of the past. So stop pretending to be a pacifist , when you really are a warmonger whos day of damnation will come if you do not repent.

      • Hannibal

        Do you mean the crusaders resurrected and are invading Muslim land? The crusaders and their kids and their kids’ kids are no more. Unless you are reliving history and in this case you live in back to the future movie.

      • Constantin7

        We are a world apart and agree to disagree.

        • Btru2u

          So be it Constantine, my duty is only to warn. May God guide us all.

  • Constantin7

    Probably the killing of the Shiaa in Pakistan and Afghanistan also is made by the Mossad !!!

    The other day, I was listening to a debate between Dr. Wafa Sultan (my hero) and Sheikh Bakri from Tripoli/Lebanon. Sheikh Bakri said it as it is without any embarrassment nor hesitation, and he said: ” Al-Islam Yaalou wa la Uula ” and that the blood of the Christians and the Jews and their possessions is HALAL to a Muslim. He also said that Christians have 2 choices per cheikh Bakri: 1) Either they live under the Islamic rule and shariaa as 2nd class citizens paying the Jizya or 2) face war with Islam.
    This Cheikh did not leave any argument for Dr. Sultan to de-mask Islam and its doctrines as he was honest enough to declare this publicly and defend his position by saying that GOD wants that in the Kuran and that he is just applying the Kuran and his religion.
    He also said that GOD asked Jesus to do all the good he did and the same GOD asked Mohammad to do all the wars, the killings, the theft, etc…that he did. One question that I asked myself: If this GOD is one and the same in the past, present and future, how could GOD give different and opposite instructions to different prophets ? Does GOD have different values at different times ? For one prophet he says “don’t Kill” and for another he says “Kill” ?

    If you are a muslim, can read and write and have a brain please use it. God definitely gave us our brain to use it, and any religion or doctrine that forbids us from thinking and questioniong, it cannot possibly be from God. As God cannot give us a brain and ask us not to use it.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      so which one are you gonna pick?

    • Prophettttt

      Constantine7, I don’t know why you even waste your time
      listening to people like this fanatic, who has failed to even convince his own
      daughter of his twisted views. She ditched his evil extreme interpretation of Islam,
      and went to the other extreme to become a pole dancer.

      I’d be cautious of any one who goes from one extreme to another.
      His life style in England was full of contradictions and hypocrisy himself.

    • Btru2u

      Constantine, you are an obvious ignorant islamaphobe. Let me correct you. The prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) did not start the wars but he did stand up for God and win just as Moses won against pharaoh. . He did not cow to oppresors. Under an islamic state Muslims are forced to pay two and a half per cent zakat . Non muslims pay only two per cent jizya, so financially the non Muslims are better off. So you should be embracing this system. Jesus said I did not Come to bring peace , but the sword. Mathew 10;34.

      • Constantin7

        Btru2u,

        All Christians in the Middle East and in Islamic countries have become Islamophobes. When Islam is going to dictate on me what to eat, what to wear, what to say and not to say, yes I become an Islamophobe. When Islam treats me as a second class citizen and call me “Ahlu Al-dhimma” and not allow me any political rights (like what is happening in Egypt with the copts, and the christians in Palestine and Irak), yes I become an Islamophobe. When you want to impose on me a Jizya whether 2 or 2.5% or less than muslims or more (does not matter), which I refuse completely and you do not have any right to impose anything on me, yes I become an Islamophobe. When your cheikhs day and night call upon GOD to kill the christians or jews and make their wifes as widows, yes I become an Islamophobe, when Muslims are trying to invade the christian areas and buy their land at exhorbitant prices just to populate their areas, yes I become an Islamophobe (like what Hariri did in Eastern Saida and downtown Beirut, like what Hizbullah is doing in Jezzine, Hadath, Choueifat, Lhassa (jbeil), yes I become an Islamophobe.

        For your information Moses did not have any wars with Pharaohs, God was his helper to escape Egypt. Yes Jesus said that he did not come to bring peace but the sword, he meant that he came to split people who follow him and follow the word of God from those who will not and these 2 opposite wordly forces will be fighting each other, the regular fight between Good and Evil, Right and wrong, this is what he meant. Jesus himself never held a sword, never slapped any body, and never taught any one to use force, in the contrary he said LOVE YOUR ENNEMIES and Pray for them.

        Finally, if you are still affected by the crusaders invasions, which the muslims armies defeated anyways, you are still living in the past and are a crusader-phobe lolll.

        • Mahdi Kenaani

          yeah right, now cry me a river

        • Btru2u

          As Goerge Bush stated when he went to war on Islam after sept 11, he used the word crusade. So he announced and started the new crusade under the controversial false flag attackof sep 11 which still has many unanswered questions and the facts point to an inside job by the Zionists. Todays crusaders, are spending and losing their wealth trying to destroy Islam. As much as they deny that it is not a war on Islam, you and I know it is exactly that. The moral fabric of western society is diminishing, because you do not want to follow God’s laws, you want to eat pork, you want to excuse fornication, drunkenness , dishonour you mother and father , steal , kill, make false images of God, etc and they make pay 70 per cent your incomes in direct and indirect taxes which nothing short of slavery. With patience, God will grant victory to the believers and the righteous of today just as he granted victory to the believers and righteous of the past. So stop pretending to be a pacifist , when you really are a warmonger whos day of damnation will come if you do not repent.

      • Hannibal

        Do you mean the crusaders resurrected and are invading Muslim land? The crusaders and their kids and their kids’ kids are no more. Unless you are reliving history and in this case you live in back to the future movie.

      • Constantin7

        We are a world apart and agree to disagree.

        • Btru2u

          So be it Constantine, my duty is only to warn. May God guide us all.