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Saudi newspaper spreads lie of Iraq-Iran 'unplanned pregnancies' in Karbala during Arbaeen

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  1. f1000n

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    Worrying allegations that Iranian pilgrims visiting the Iraqi city of Karbala are impregnating women and spreading diseases on a massive scale have turned out to be nothing more than fear-mongering.

    Saudi-owned news site Asharq al-Awsat claimed on Sunday morning that a World Health Organization (WHO) report had indicated an epidemic of “unplanned pregnancies and [...] disease” following the arrival of scores of unregulated Iranians to take part in the annual Shia pilgrimage to Karbala. The article alarmingly specified that 169 unmarried women had become pregnant from the visitors.

    However, in a statement on its Arabic language website, the UN health body vehemently denied the reports and strongly criticized the use of its name to spread false news. It described the claims as “completely at odds with its principles”, adding that “it is currently investigating the source of the false news in order to take legal action against those who published it.”

    It seems that this fake story was most likely little more than an attempted slur against the Iranians from a Saudi news agency. Tensions run high between the two countries who are engaged in a power struggle which extends across several proxy conflicts. These include in Syria, where Iran backs al-Assad’s regime, and Saudi Arabia supports the rebels, and in Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition is currently bombing Shia Houthi rebels which it claims (and Iran denies) are backed by Iran.

    Most recently the countries clashed over the Hajj pilgrimage, with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggesting that the Saudi authorities were responsible for murdering 750 pilgrims who died in a stampede last year. Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh retorted by suggesting that Iranians were not Muslims, but rather the descendants of magi.

    A desire to criticize Iran at any opportunity in this bitter war of words could explain, then, why a Saudi news source characterized the arrival of large numbers of Iranians in Iraq as “a loud incursion against Iraqi sovereignty,” and suggested that they would spread diseases in the country. Other accusations in the article against the Iranian pilgrims include: “trafficking fake currencies, drugs and sexual harassment against Iraqi women”.

    In fact, the Saudi-Iranian struggle has a distinctly sectarian character, as the former is the bastion of Sunni Islam and the latter a Shia theocracy. Iraq, a country with a Shia majority and a sizeable Sunni minority, is a key site for such tensions to play out.


    The Asharq al-Awsat story fits into such sectarian concerns as its accusations revolve around the occasion of “Arba’een”, the forty days after the month of Ashura during which Shia Muslims mourn the death of the Imam Hussein in battle at Karbala. His killing was a key moment in the early development of a rift between the Shia sect and what later became the Sunni sect. Shia traditions continue to be criticized as unislamic by many Sunni Muslims, hence the use of quotation marks in the article when referring to the Shia worshippers as pilgrims.

    There was some criticism of the fake article among Iraqis on social media:

    http://www.albawaba.com/loop/iraqi-women-impregnated-iranian-pilgrims-906452
     
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    Maybe Saudi worries about this, but they should take smarter actions , not just publish such news.
     
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    i think it's true
     
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    What a surprise.

    Saudi spreading even more racism, claiming Iranians carry disease. Then again, I can't say I'm surprised.
     
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    Well it's true also or what you think
     
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    I think it's bullshit propaganda spread by the Saudis :rofl:. That inbred excuse for a "royal" family seems obsessed with Iran and Shia, much like many Arab members on this forum. So much so that they use a religious pilgrimage as an opportunity to further their smear campaign.
     
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    Well given your posts on the other thread I thought you were a kid,

    Just to make it clearer for you since you most likely don't understand the full article.

    Saudi-owned news site Asharq al-Awsat claimed on Sunday morning that a World Health Organization (WHO) report had indicated an epidemic of “unplanned pregnancies and [...] disease” following the arrival of scores of unregulated Iranians to take part in the annual Shia pilgrimage to Karbala. The article alarmingly specified that 169 unmarried women had become pregnant from the visitors.

    However, in a statement on its Arabic language website, the UN health body vehemently denied the reports and strongly criticized the use of its name to spread false news.
     
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    Source
     
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    o_O

    The article in the first post.
     
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    The scums over A-Awsat editorial board have removed the news after WHO exposed their pathetic lie. But good news about this whole thing was that it started a movement in Twitter to condemn Saudi regime lies and showed real face of Saudi media to even more people.
     
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    Disgusting attempt.

    Arbaeen is actually far cleaner than the Saudis want to make it look like. 20 million people gather, far more than for Hajj and no incidents occur. Iraq isn't trying to make revenue off of it, food is free, many people offer pilgrims to stay at their houses, recently free Wi-Fi was installed at certain sites. The new Chinese trains were even used to transport pilgrims without pay. Hajj seems to be all about making money. It would be a good idea if they let those that manage Arbaeen manage Hajj, less casualties.
     
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    Only the House of the Saud and their abu terrorists in Syria/Iraq were created through "unplanned pregnancies" in a large scale.
     
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    This is pathetic.. to say the least...
     
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    al-e-Saud a.k.a sons of b!tches.
    probably they think everyone is a filth like themselves who are turning Haj into a nightclub:

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