Oct 23, 2019 07:30 UTC
  • US plots for regional division foiled by Arba’een congregation: Iran’s top general

Chairman of the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri applauded the unity of Muslims in the Arba’een processions in Iraq, saying the event thwarted the US plots for creating rift and division in the region.

According to Tasnim news agency, in a letter to Iraqi Chief of Staff General Othman al-Ghanimi, the senior Iranian commander expressed gratitude to the Iraqi people, government, armed forces and religious authorities for hosting millions of pilgrims during this year’s Arba’een season.

The presence of millions of pilgrims from different countries in the Arba’een processions was against the plots of the hegemonic powers, the general said, adding that the unity, power and insight of the Muslim pilgrims displayed in the Arba’een congregation upset the plans for division and instability in Islamic nations devised by the “US terrorist regime and its regional and extra-regional allies”.

Major General Baqeri also underlined that the unity among devotees of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shias’ Imam, would attract all freedom-seeking people around the world and topple the empire of arrogant powers.

Around 3.5 million Iranian pilgrims travelled to Iraq over the past few days to take part in this year’s Arba’een processions, which culminated in a large gathering in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala on October 19.

Arba’een, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Each year, a huge crowd of Shiites flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is located, to perform mourning rites.