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Iraq is home to some of the most sacred sites for Shia Muslims. Pilgrims from across the Middle East visit in huge numbers.
The Governor of Karbala urges western Shias to make the pilgrimage too despite despite the security risks.
Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Karbala: