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Pilgrims brave bomb threat to flock to Baghdad shrine

Many of the main thoroughfares in Baghdad are closed in the days leading up to the annual commemoration of Imam Kadhim's death, an important date in the Shiite Muslim calendarThe days-long pilgrimage to mourn the 799 AD death of Imam Musa Kadhim came as Iraq wallowed in political limbo after the storming of parliament by protesters on Saturday. “This pilgrimage represents a defeat for terrorism,” said Mohammed Nayif, a 32-year-old from Babil province, south of Baghdad. An official from the shrine said that “millions” of people participated in the pilgrimage in recent days.

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