TEHRAN (defapress) – Chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces praised the high level of security in the Arbaeen pilgrimage earlier this month despite attempts by terror groups to create insecurity.
News ID: 67201
Publish Date: 30November 2017 - 17:15
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held Thursday
to highlight Iranian armed forces’ contribution to the security during the
Arbaeen pilgrimage, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri thanked Iraqi
officials for providing various services to the pilgrims during the religious
Saying that many attempts were made during this year’s
Arbaeen pilgrimage to create insecurity, he said that in spite of such
attempts, this year’s pilgrimage "was exemplary in terms of security and no
security and terrorist incidents occurred.”
He also noted that all Iranian pilgrims taking part in the
rituals returned home safely.
This year, Iraq granted more than 2.3 million Iranian
applicants visas for going on pilgrimage to the Arab country to perform
mourning rituals marking Arbaeen, the major Shiite occasion marking the 40th
day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite
Imam, which fell on November 9.
Around 20 million pilgrims from all over the world gathered
in Karbala on Arbaeen. The Iraqi city hosts the holy shrine of Imam Hussein