Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



TERROR WARS
Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's Karbala hail 'revenge' against IS
By Ali Choukeir
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Nov 9, 2017


Like millions of other Shiite pilgrims, Arkan al-Husseini travelled to Iraq's shrine city of Karbala for the Arbaeen commemoration Thursday of Imam Hussein's killing in battle -- but this time also to celebrate the Islamic State group's battlefield defeats.

"God has taken his revenge" against the Sunni extremist group, he said, after Iraqi security forces backed by mainly Shiite paramilitary units this year swept to victory after victory, leaving IS confined to a sliver of territory on the Syrian border.

The annual commemoration of Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the 7th-century killing of Imam Hussein by the forces of the Caliph Yazid -- a formative event in Shiite Islam.

The expulsion of IS jihadists from Iraqi cities has added an extra dimension to this year's pilgrimage to Imam Hussein's shrine in Karbala, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad.

"Thanks to God, Imam Hussein has overcome the tyrants. We've crushed them with the force granted to us by God," said 68-year-old Husseini, his face framed by a white beard and black headband.

Imam Hussein's killing in 680 AD was part of a fierce dispute over who should succeed the Prophet Mohammed, which eventually developed into a bitter schism between the Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam.

"Today we have defeated the children of Yazid," said the pilgrim from northern Iraq as he made his way towards the golden-domed mausoleum of the imam killed in the Battle of Karbala.

Almost 20 million Shiites converge on Karbala each year for Arbaeen, many on foot and others on chartered buses, from across Iraq and abroad, especially neighbouring Iran.

"These millions of people in Karbala are proof of our victory" over the jihadists, said another pilgrim, Mahmud Mohammed, 62.

IS swept across swathes of Iraq in 2014 and has regularly targeted Shiite pilgrims in devastating bomb attacks.

But the jihadist group has seen its self-styled "caliphate" disintegrate on the battlefield this year, losing its key northern Iraqi bastion of Mosul in July.

- 'Victory of good over evil' -

"Today, we are celebrating the victory of good over evil," said Mohammed, a member of Iraq's Shabak minority from near Mosul.

Abdel Hussein Farah, a resident of Karbala, said: "Now that we've finished with the IS people, we feel safe."

But just like all the other black-robed pilgrims, he had to cross five checkpoints to reach the mausoleum.

Tens of thousands of security personnel have been deployed, as in past years, around the perimeters of the sanctuary as well as on all roads leading to Karbala.

Tents flying different coloured flags have been erected along the routes for volunteers to hand out food and drinks to pilgrims, as Iraqis mix with visitors from Iran, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, Pakistan and Lebanon.

Against a backdrop of religious chants, men and women weep and beat their chests in mourning, some of the younger men using swords that leave blood dripping down their robes.

Arbaeen, which means 40 in Arabic, also marks the return to Karbala of companions of Imam Hussein held prisoner in Damascus for 40 days, and who had been presented with his head as a trophy by the Caliph Yazid.

The mausoleum was built at the site of the head's burial.

TERROR WARS
Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria
Helsinki (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation. Speaking to reporters ahead of his arrival for talks in Finland on Monday, Mattis said intelligence assessments - based primarily on the numbers of jihadists who have surrendered, des ... read more

Related Links
The Long War - Doctrine and Application


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

TERROR WARS
Sweden picks US Patriot missile system over European rival

Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport

Russia conducts ballistic missile tests

Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program

TERROR WARS
Raytheon, Australia ink first deal for ground-based air defense system

US accuses Iran of supplying missile to Yemen

Raytheon receives $17M contract for missile targeting system

Raytheon awarded $260M contract for Tomahawk missiles

TERROR WARS
NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities

Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight

Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A

New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water

TERROR WARS
SES GS Awarded US Government Satellite Solutions Contract

16th SPCS Defenders of critical satellite communications

First order for Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system

NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies

TERROR WARS
MBDA Inc. to produce parts for Small Diameter Bomb

Swedish army to buy BONUS ammunition from BAE

BAE receives $40M from Lockheed for sensor technology

US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban

TERROR WARS
Lockheed, Navantia renew collaborative agreement

Philippines' Duterte receives Russian assault rifles

Whistleblower protection bill sent to President as complaints of retaliation grow

UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs

TERROR WARS
France hikes defence spending, inches towards NATO goal

US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan

Emboldened Xi, weakened Trump hold tough talks

Philippines scraps sandbar plan after China anger: defence chief

TERROR WARS
Simple green synthesis is a breath of fresh air

Subset of carbon nanotubes poses cancer risk similar to asbestos in mice

New, simplified technique makes light metallic nanofoam

Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement