Iran says two border crossings to Iraq closed because of unrest in Iraq

The Khosravi border crossing is used by Iranian Shiite Muslim for their pilgrimage in Iraq. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 October 2019

Iran says two border crossings to Iraq closed because of unrest in Iraq

  • Khosravi and Chazabeh crossings have been closed since Wednesday
  • The first crossing is used by Shiite Muslims for pilgrimage in Iraq

DUBAI: Two border crossings between Iran and Iraq, including one due to be used by hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim worshippers at an annual pilgrimage this month, have been closed because of unrest in Iraq, Iran’s border guards said on Thursday.
Anti-government protests have turned violent in recent days in Iraq.
Iranian border guards commander General Qasem Rezaei said the Khosravi and Chazabeh crossings had been closed since late Wednesday, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
A senior Iranian pilgrimage official told state television that the Khosravi border crossing was closed, but other crossings were open ahead of an annual Shiite Muslim pilgrimage in Iraq.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said last week 3 million Iranian pilgrims were expected to visit Iraq’s southern city of Karbala later this month for the religious ritual of Arbaeen, which marks the end of a 40-day mourning period for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.


Morocco says arrests extremist who planned ‘suicide attack’

Updated 15 December 2019

Morocco says arrests extremist who planned ‘suicide attack’

  • The extremist tried to “build expertise in the use of arms”
  • He was imbued in the “ideological propaganda” of the Daesh group

RABAT: Moroccan anti-terror police announced Sunday the arrest of an alleged extremist who “planned a suicide attack.”
The 41-year-old extremist tried to “build expertise in the use of arms,” Morocco’s central office for judicial investigations said in a statement.
He was imbued in the “ideological propaganda” of the Daesh group, it added.
“Electronic devices and documents... on the making of explosives” were seized, the office said.
Long spared extremist violence, Morocco was last year hit by the gruesome murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the High Atlas mountains, committed in the name of Daesh.
The perpetrators were sentenced to death, a penalty not carried out in Morocco since 1993.