Massive security net in Iraq as pope begins visit ‘like a pilgrim of peace’

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Fri, 2021-03-05 02:48

ROME: Iraq is deploying thousands of additional security personnel to protect Pope Francis during his four-day visit, which comes after a spate of rocket and suicide bomb attacks raised fears for the Catholic leader’s safety.A senior security official who has been briefed on the security plan said that forces involved had been trained to deal with worst-case scenarios, from street battles to bombings and rocket attacks.

Interior Ministry special forces and the army will set up a security cordon around the pope wherever he goes. (AFP)
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