Pilgrims Attacked Again in Iraq; 73 Killed, 121 Woundedby Margaret Griffis, December 19, 2013Print This | Share This
As the Arbaeen observance draws nearer, Shi’ite pilgrims remain easy targets for insurgents. The pilgrims often travel to Karbala on foot, making them exceptionally vulnerable. In addition, Iraqis will often provide refreshments to traveling pilgrims, giving insurgents effortless access to large groups of people. At least 73 people were killed today, and another 121 were wounded. Most of the casualties occurred between Baghdad and Karbala.
An unreported number of insurgents were killed in a security operation on the Euphrates River near Amiriyat al-Falluja.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
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- Pakistani and Saudi Pilgrims Among 30 Killed, 53 Wounded Across Iraq – December 18th, 2013
Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.
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