Friday, January 18, 2008
Shias celebrate Ashoura Holiday
Crowds of Shiite worshippers have converged on the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in Southern Iraq. Many Iraqi Shiites are sure to be emboldened by recent security gains across the country, although the threat of terrorism does remain. Shiite worshippers were attacked yesterday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and in Iraq's Diyala province, but the holiday has remained relatively peaceful over the last few days. Last year, violent attacks by Sunni extremists in both countries marred the celebrations.