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2006-09-02 06:01:03

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Fourteen South Asian pilgrims were ambushed and killed on their way to Shi'ite Muslim sites in Iraq, hospital, police and army sources said on Saturday. An official at the al-Hussein hospital in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala, where the bodies were taken on Friday, said the five women and nine men were all Pakistanis and had their hands bound and had been shot in the head. "They were killed three days ago. Some were tortured. One body had been beheaded,"...

2006-08-20 09:58:18

By Alister Bull BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 20 people died and 300 were hurt in Baghdad on Sunday after insurgents, including roof-top snipers, ambushed pilgrims gathering in their hundreds of thousands for a sacred Shi'ite festival. "Most of the attacks are taking place when pilgrims are crossing the neighboring areas into Kadhimiya," a Health Ministry spokesman said, referring to the northern suburb where a sacred shrine is the focal point of the event. Heavy security was meant...

2006-05-07 00:52:52

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb caused many casualties near the central bus station in the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Sunday, police said. The city, 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, is home to two of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines and has been targeted in the past by insurgent bombings. Two car bombs went off in Baghdad around the same time, police said. One targeted an Iraqi army patrol, killing three people and wounding 10. Soldiers and civilians were among the casualties...

2006-05-07 01:27:39

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb near the central bus station in the Iraqi Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala killed 21 people and wounded 52 on Sunday, police said. The dead were all civilians. The city, 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad, is home to two of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines and has been targeted in the past by insurgent bombings, some of the them car bombs. Sunni Muslim guerrillas linked to al Qaeda have been blamed in the past. Some say they are trying to provoke...

2006-05-07 01:08:26

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb near the central bus station in the Iraqi Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala killed 21 people and wounded 52 on Sunday, police said. The area has been targeted before by car bombers. Sunni Muslim guerrillas linked to al Qaeda have been blamed in the past. Some say they are trying to provoke sectarian civil war.

2006-03-20 03:02:56

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Security was tightened in the sacred city of Kerbala on Monday to guard against suicide bombers or other attacks as hundreds of thousands of Sh'ite pilgrims prepared to mark the climax of a religious event. Heightened fears of violence that could unleash a new wave of sectarian bloodshed underlined Iraq's instability on the third anniversary of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein. Fresh violence would step up pressure...

2006-03-19 07:10:02

By Sami Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Shi'ite Muslims massed in their hundreds of thousands around Kerbala on Sunday for one of the biggest events of their religious calendar as Iraqi security forces sealed off the city to protect pilgrims. A sharp rise in sectarian tensions between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunnis, Iraq's two main communities, and a continuing Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite-led interim government has sparked fears the event could be a target. A...

2006-02-09 10:35:30

By Sami Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Some 2 million Shi'ites massed in the sacred Iraqi city of Kerbala on Thursday to mourn the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson 1,300 years ago. Pilgrims in white robes beat their heads and chests and gashed their heads with swords to imitate the suffering of Imam Hussein, who was killed in battle in Kerbala in the year 680 AD. Police said about 8,000 policemen and soldiers had been deployed to bolster security at the climax of Ashura,...

2006-02-09 06:05:06

By Sami Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Shi'ites massed in the sacred Iraqi city of Kerbala on Thursday to mourn the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson 1,300 years ago in a ritual that suicide bombers have previously turned into carnage. Pilgrims in white robes beat their heads and chests and gashed their heads with swords to imitate the suffering of Imam Hussein, who was killed in battle in Kerbala in the year 680 AD. Police said about 8,000 policemen and soldiers had been...

2006-02-08 08:30:57

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on Wednesday on a group of Shi'ites performing rituals in Baghdad to mark the major religious event of Ashore, wounding six people, police said. The attack took place in the capital's Shula district as hundreds of thousands of Shi'ites gathered in the southern city of Kerbala one day before the climax of Ashura, which was hit by suicide bombings in past years. (Baghdad bureau)


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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