The Iranian official thanked the Iraqi nation for their hospitality before
He further noted "The successful security plan set for the event proved that the Iraqi nation can overcome its enemies, including the ISIL terrorist groups with no need for help from foreign troops.”
Notwithstanding terror attempts to attack the pilgrims attending the ceremony, no major security threat was reported during the few days that Karbala and other holy Iraqi cities were swarming with pilgrims.
Millions of the world’s Shia Muslims commemorated Arbaeen on Saturday, the 40th day ending of a mourning ritual which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Hussain, the third Shia Imam and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib.
In the main and largest event, pilgrims congregated in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala to mourn the occasion.
Reports say that with drawing more pilgrims each year, Arbaeen is becoming the most crowded annual gathering in history. This year it was said that over 20 million people attended the ritual.