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Will massive trench keep Iraqi holy cities safe from terror?

The holy cities of Najaf and Karbala are digging trenches around the cities to stop terrorists from coming in and launching attacks.
Mourners pray during a funeral for victims who were killed when a car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday, in Hayy al-Shurta, a Shi'ite district in Baghdad, in Najaf, Iraq February 17, 2017. REUTERS / Alaa Al-Marjani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSZ4T9
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BAGHDAD — On Feb. 22, the head of the central Euphrates operations command, Qais Khalaf, said that work will continue for digging a security trench around the administrative borders of Najaf province, which Shiite Muslims consider sacred since the shrine of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb (599-661), the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and the first Shiite imam and the fourth caliph in Islam, is located there.

Najaf is roughly 180 kilometers (112 miles) south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. In addition to being a sacred place for Shiites, who make up the majority of the Iraqi population, many senior Shiite clerics reside in Najaf, most notably Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

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