Third Suicide Bombing On Road to Karbala in Iraq Kills 27

Shiite pilgrims beat themselves during the festival of Arbaeen, one of the holiest days in their religious calendar in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)Love | Peace A third suicide bombing this week in Iraq killed 27 worshippers and wounded 70 more, walking to Karbala in southern Iraq. It’s nearly impossible to get ambulances into the crowds and the death toll may go higher.

This week’s violence took place as Iraqi politicians argued over an effort to bar hundreds of candidates from running in the March 7 parliamentary elections because of suspected ties to Saddam Hussein’s regime. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday he would not allow the U.S. ambassador to meddle in the dispute, which Washington fears could frustrate Sunni-Shiite reconciliation. via Washington Post