The crowning achievement for the Assad regime will come as it attempts to alter the demographic reality in Syria with frightening consequences for many.
The expulsion of Daesh from Iraqi cities added an extra dimension to this year's pilgrimage.
More than 54 million people are eligible to vote in the polls, which are expected to be a tight race between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and a former prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi.
Iran holds a presidential election on Friday. Four candidates remain in contention. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and challenger Ebrahim Raisi are thought to be the favourites.
The blast hit a bustling commercial part of the town that lies in the heartland of regime leader al Assad's minority Alawite sect.
The attack targeted Shia worshipers who had gathered at the mosque to mark the end of a 40-day mourning period for the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Far-right protesters dressed in Muslim attire and chanting anti-Islam slogans interrupt sermon held at Gosford Anglican Church in Australia.
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