Iraq Shi'ite Pilgrims Trudge On As Bombs Continue

Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims trudged resolutely through blood-spattered streets on Thursday in an annual ritual paying homage to a Shi'ite Imam despite suicide and roadside bombs that killed dozens. Even with 200,000 troops and police deployed to ensure security, a series of blasts on Thursday in eastern Baghdad killed five pilgrims and wounded 75 as they walked home from the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine, police and Interior Ministry sources said. The attacks followed a suicide bombing and roadside bombs on Wednesday evening which killed 36 and wounded hundreds, many of them as they passed through Sunni areas of the Iraqi capital to the shrine in a northern district for a religious rite. "We know we will be targeted but that will not prevent us from affirming our faith and insisting on visiting the shrines of our imams," said college student Farqad Faiq, 21. "These explosions will increase our determination to stick to our principles."