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    Shia pilgrims gather in Karbala amid security fears

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    Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims have converged on the holy city of Karbala in Iraq, for one of their most important annual gatherings - the birth anniversary of imam al-Mehdi 12 centuries ago. But with the country in the middle of a political crisis, many fear their security can't be guaranteed. Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf reports.