Iraq bolsters protection of Shiite pilgrims

Iraq's Shiite-led government took unprecedented security measures Friday to protect Shiite Muslim pilgrims observing the high point of a religious occasion from attacks by extremists. Meanwhile, car bombs targeted officials in the polarized and volatile northern city of Kirkuk. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iraq and abroad converged on the holy shrine city of […]

Sam Dagher and Alia A. Nabhan report for the Wall Street Journal:

Iraq's Shiite-led government took unprecedented security measures Friday to protect Shiite Muslim pilgrims observing the high point of a religious occasion from attacks by extremists. Meanwhile, car bombs targeted officials in the polarized and volatile northern city of Kirkuk.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iraq and abroad converged on the holy shrine city of Karbala for Arbayeen, a high point of the Shiite religious calendar on Saturday.