A quarrel between Iran and Saudi Arabia is preventing thousands of pilgrims from completing their hajj obligation in Mecca this year. Many are visiting the Imam Hussain shrine in Karbala and other Iraqi sites instead. The spat began last year after thousands of people were killed in a stampede. Karbala Governor Aqeel al-Turaihi does not expect the extra visitors to overwhelm security forces.
At least 117 were killed and 54 were wounded:
In Baghdad, a bomb killed four civilians in Arab Jabour. A suicide bomber killed two people and wounded eight more in Allawi. A hand grenade tossed into a store in Saidiya killed one person and wounded five more.
A bomb at a Taji market killed three people and wounded nine more.
Three people were killed and 10 were wounded when bombs exploded in Husseiniya and Yusufiya.
A roadside bomb near Rashad killed two people and wounded four more who were trying to flee Daesh territory.
A bomb wounded two Peshmerga near Kirkuk.
Two policemen were wounded in a blast in Iskandariya.
Airstrikes left 100 militants dead in Aana, Akashat, Hadelet al-Rutba, Qaim, and Rawa.
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