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Iran, Iraq Begin Arrangements for Arbaeen Pilgrimage

The Iraqi embassy and consulates in Iran on Monday started to issue visa for the Iranian applicants intending to visit the Arab country for Arbaeen pilgrimage. The formal visa-issuance process kicked off during a ceremony at the Iraqi embassy in Tehran, attended by Ambassador Rajih Sabir Aboudi al-Mousavi. In addition to the Iraqi embassy, the […]

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Why is Iraq not Profiting from Religious Tourism?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Every year, the number of pilgrims visiting religious sites in Iraq increases. After Iranians were not allowed to travel to Mecca to perform the hajj this year due […]

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Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali […]

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Iraqis Demand Better Security for Pilgrims

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On May 15, the Shiite Endowment issued a statement that in one week, around 12 million Shiite visitors flew to Baghdad’s Kadhimiya district to commemorate the death of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, who died in […]

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Karbala, Najaf Plan Rail Link

By John Lee. The provincial councils of Karbala [Karbala] and Najaf have agreed to connect the two cities by rail. According to a report from Aswat Al Iraq, it is expected that Chinese or South Korean companies will implement the project. The intention is to facilitate the transport between the two holy cities, particularly during […]

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Over 2.5m Tourists Visited Iraq in 2012

By John Lee. Azzaman reports that more than 2.5 million tourists visited Iraq in 2012, most of them on pilgrimage to the country’s holy shrines. Data issued by the Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism show that Iraq has become a top destination for Muslim, mainly Shiite, tourist. The numbers are reportedly the largest since the country […]

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Weekly Security Update for 26th January 2011

Overview Last week was one of the most violent in Iraq for several months. Over 120 people were killed and several hundred injured in a spate of suicide attacks. The total number of attacks reported did not significantly increase, but with at least seven of the attacks involving suicide bombers in very crowded areas it […]

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