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Saudi Arabia and Iran Trade Insults Ahead of Hajj Pilgrimage

A year on from the deadly crush, the split is deepening between the two Middle East powers.
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Hajj Pilgrimage Flares Saudi-Iran Feud

For millions of Muslims, the Hajj is a time for devotion and self-renewal, free from the sectarian divisions that run through much of the Islamic world.

But for Middle Eastern regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia, the run-up to this year’s pilgrimage, which begins this week, took on a different tone. Their historic rivalry, which extends from global oil markets to the interpretation of Islam, has flared again.