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Video: Religious Tourism Squeezed by Iran Sanctions

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay at home. View on YouTube

Iran Cancels Arbaeen Flights to Iraq Due to Dust Storms

The rising level of dust pollution in Iraq forced Iranian airlines to cancel their flights to the Arab country’s cities of Baghdad and Najaf ahead of Arbaeen, the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite Imam. With dust clouds reducing visibility, Iranian flights heading to Baghdad and […]

Iran, Iraq Begin Arrangements for Arbaeen Pilgrimage

The Iraqi embassy and consulates in Iran on Monday started to issue visa for the Iranian applicants intending to visit the Arab country for Arbaeen pilgrimage. The formal visa-issuance process kicked off during a ceremony at the Iraqi embassy in Tehran, attended by Ambassador Rajih Sabir Aboudi al-Mousavi. In addition to the Iraqi embassy, the […]

Millions of Iranians enter Iraq for Shiite Ritual

By Changiz M. Varzi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A day after millions of Shiite Muslims marked Arbaeen, the annual pilgrimage to the Hussein mosque in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the front pages of Iranian dailies on Nov. 21 carried large […]

Iran Bans Pilgrimage to Samarra after Terrorist Attack

Iranian pilgrims are forbidden from traveling to the Iraqi city of Samarra until further notice in the wake of a Sunday terrorist attack that killed and wounded scores of Iranian pilgrims in the holy city, an official announced. Majid Aqababaei, a deputy interior minister for border affairs, told Tasnim on Monday that the decision to […]

Iran Favours Visa-Free Regime with Iraq

An Iranian deputy foreign minister expressed Tehran’s willingness to ease visa requirements for incoming tourists from Iraq if Baghdad’s government would agree to do so for Iranians traveling to the Arab country. “I have announced in my latest consular trip (to Iraq) that we are willing to remove the visa requirements or take any measure […]

Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala (pictured) instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah […]

Rouhani Prioritises Iraq Transport Connections

President Rouhani has ordered the Minister of Road and Urban Development and the Head of the Organization of Management and Planning to push the implementation of the joint Iran-Iraq project for the construction of the Khorramshahr-Basra railroad and the completion of Darreshahr-Abdanan road to facilitate the movement of pilgrims between the two countries. At the […]