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After a stampede in Mecca killed hundreds of mostly Iranian Hajj pilgrims in 2015, Iran said that the Saudi Arabians were incompetent and boycotted the Hajj to Saudi Arabia that year.
The group also claimed many sectarian attacks including bomb blasts and attacks on Shia pilgrims' buses in the country's Balochistan province over the last few years.

Iran blamed the disaster on the organizers' incompetence and did not send pilgrims to last year's Hajj due to safety concerns.
On Nov. 25, IS claimed responsibility for the attack carried out by a suicide bomber known as Abu Fahd, who blew up a water tank at a gas station on the Diwaniyah-Babil road in the south, killing roughly 200 Shiite Iraqis and pilgrims from Iran and ...
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia was strained after thousands of people, many of them Iranians, died in a stampede at the 2015 Haj rituals, when two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads during the symbolic ceremony of the stoning ...
Instead, he started to read various other Islamic texts on his own, including Sufi and Shia ones, and eventually founded the Liberal Islam Network (JIL) in 2001.

Serious questions were raised about the competence of Saudi authorities to manage the Hajj rituals in the wake of the incidents, and, facing Saudi intransigence to cooperate and refusal to guarantee the safety of Iranian pilgrims, officials in the ...
Ten years ago: U.S.-backed Iraqi troops attacked insurgents allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival; Iraqi officials estimated some 300 militants died in the daylong battle near Najaf.
The ruling Sunni al-Khalifa royal family has coped since February 2011 with a popular uprising led by Iranian-inspired and manipulated Shiite political movements fed by decades of political and social discrimination. ... Some Iranian media accused ...
Iranian pilgrims were not able to perform Haj last year. The wars have created major humanitarian crises, producing famine, poverty and millions of refugees with nowhere to go.
The explosion, which was claimed by Daesh, killed up to 100 civilians, among them nationals from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The picture shows the wreckage of a truck following a bombing that targeted Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi village of Shomali ...
Iran stopped sending pilgrims to the annual ritual after the haj stampede in Mina in September 2015, during which 464 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives and dozens more wounded, what came to be the deadliest disaster to befall the annual pilgrimage in ...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran said Tuesday it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's Hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it.
Tehran - Iran said Tuesday it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's Hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it.
"He is the guardian for a shrine that is the destination of millions of Shia pilgrims every year and I think that is extremely important," Rassam said.
He wears a black turban, indicating he is a seyed - a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, in Shia Islam. Mohsen Kadivar, who has taught at Qom seminary, Iran's most prominent Shia religious hub, said this fact alone increases his chances of gaining the ...
Yet another act of terrorism took place the following month in Khuzdar district of Balochistan at Sufi Shrine of Shah Norani, where more than 50 pilgrims were killed. Again, ISIS claimed responsibility. This marked the third major attack carried out by ...

People inspect the wreckage of a vehicle following a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite pilgrims on November 24, 2016 in Shomali, southeast of Baghdad.
A total of 108 Iranian Shia pilgrims were staying at the hotel but many of them were out when the fire erupted on Saturday evening, a senior official said.
This was the same reporter I had come across after a series of bombs exploded among the pilgrims to the Shia Muslim Karbala shrine more than a decade earlier.
The tomb is like a beating heart that attracts pilgrims from the entire Shia world and keeps an ever-flowing stream of people in motion.
2009: A female suicide bomber strikes Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing 38 people. 2010: Five Americans detained in Pakistan tell a court they intended to cross the border into Afghanistan to wage jihad against Western forces but deny any links to al ...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran has denied receiving any invitation from Saudi Arabia for talks on the Hajj, after a row between the arch-foes saw its pilgrims stay at home last year. The Al-Hayat daily reported on Friday that Saudi pilgrims minister Mohammed ...
Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in Iraq since mid-October including three since New Year's Eve.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - At least seven people have been killed and 15 others injured in an attack on a police checkpoint near the Shiite city of Najaf in southern Iraq. Najaf police spokesman Muqdad al-Musawi told Rudaw: "terrorists were able to ...
Accessibility, simplified visa regime and affordability of Iraq has made the Arab nation a popular destination for Iranian pilgrims and the country is expected to keep its position as the most visited country by Iranians this year. Home to holy shrines ...
The tomb is like a beating heart that attracts pilgrims from the entire Shia world and keeps an ever-flowing stream of people in motion.
The Al-Hayat daily reported that Riyadh's pilgrims minister Mohammed Bentin had opened discussions with more than 80 countries, including Iran, to work out the details of the 2017 Hajj.
In November, 77 people including Shia pilgrims died in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, and in July 281 people died when bombers targeted a shopping centre in the country.
... miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. A car bomb tore through a gas station on Thursday, killing and wounding scores of people, including 20 Iranians Shiite pilgrims, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi ...
Iran's UN envoy says that recent Daesh terrorist attack in Iraq that claimed the lives of a large number of Iranian pilgrims is a reminder of the heavy responsibility on international community towards battling terrorism. Gholam-Hossein Dehqani made ...
... of a car bomb attack near the city of Hilla about 60 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. A car bomb tore through a gas station on Thursday, killing and wounding scores of people, including 20 Iranians Shiite pilgrims, in an attack claimed by the Islamic ...
... miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. A car bomb tore through a gas station on Thursday, killing and wounding scores of people, including 20 Iranians Shiite pilgrims, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi ...
Extremist Sunni militants, including the Islamic State group, view Shiites as heretics and routinely target Iranian pilgrims who visit Iraq by the hundreds of thousands to pay homage to major Shiite shrines in Baghdad, and also the Shiite holy cities ...
MORE than 80 people have been killed, most of them Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims, after a suicide truck bomber detonated at a petrol station near Baghdad, police and medical sources say.
IRBIL, Iraq - At least 70 people were killed on Monday, most of them Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran, when an explosive-laden tanker truck detonated at a gas station south of Baghdad in an attack claimed by the Islamic State, according to Iraqi officials.
The blast, which took place in the city of Hilla 100 kilometers southeast of the capital, Baghdad, ripped through a gas station where seven buses carrying pilgrims were parked. "At least seven buses with pilgrims were inside the petrol station at the ...
As many as 80 people, many of them Shia pilgrims, have been killed in an Islamic State (Isis) truck bomb attack at a petrol station as they travelled to the Holy City of Karbala on 24 November.
At least 80 people, mostly Shia pilgrims, have been killed by an ISIS bomb in Baghdad. ISIS cementing their role as the big bad in the world.
At least 80 people have died after a bomb attack at a petrol station where buses carrying Shia pilgrims were parked near in the Iraqi city of Karbala.
The massive blast destroyed a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims and many nearby vehicles at the busy fuel station. Many of the casualties were Iranian and Pakistani nationals.
Shiite pilgrims coming from Karbala were among the victims, Shia media said. At least eight ... Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and said through its affiliated news agency, Amaq, saying that more than 200 hundred Shiite pilgrims ...
The march comes as nearly 80 people, many of them pilgrims returning from commemorating Arbaeen in Karbala, were killed in the latest ISIS attack in the area.
A truck bomb detonated Thursday in the Iraqi city of Hilla and killed at least 57 civilians, including many Iranians, according to NPR's Alison Meuse.
A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 70 people, mainly Shiite pilgrims, south of Baghdad Thursday, in the latest jihadist attack as Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul.
DOZENS of people have been killed, most of them Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims, after a suicide truck bomber detonated at a petrol station near Baghdad, police and medical sources say.
Hilla, Iraq (UPDATED) - A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group killed at least 70 people, mainly Shiite pilgrims, south of Baghdad on Thursday, November 24, in the latest attack as Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul. The huge ...
A truck bomb Thursday ripped through a petrol station where buses packed with Shiite pilgrims returning from the Arbaeen commemoration in the Iraqi city of Karbala were parked, security officials said.
Erbil, Iraq - At least 80 people, many of them Shiite pilgrims on their way home to Iran, were killed on Thursday when an Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with explosives at a roadside service station in southern Iraq, local ...
Images have emerged that allegedly show former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki being kicked out of a Shia shrine by pilgrims during Arbaeen commemorations. social media users have shared pictures of the divisive former leader as he was hurled with ...


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