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Last updated at 16:06 BST, Thursday, 25 October 2012

Hajj security

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They have a tough mission ahead.

Thousands of members of the Saudi security forces have been taking part in a parade ahead of the world's biggest religious gathering.

The Hajj involves over 2 million Muslim pilgrims.

With tensions simmering in the region, particularly in Lebanon and Syria, the logistics are even more complicated than usual.

mission

special task given to a group or a person

parade

organized public procession

pilgrims

devotees that go on a trip to a shrine or religious place

simmering

getting excited or agitated; boiling

logistics

management of details of an operation

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

mission / parade / pilgrims / simmering / logistics

1. Hundreds of Roman Catholic _______ have been evacuated from the sanctuary of Lourdes in France after heavy flooding in the area.

2. The fact that it took al-Qaeda nearly six weeks to announce Bin Laden's successor points to continuing disarray in the organisation's ranks, says Mr Yusufzai. "It shows that they have operational difficulties, and problems with _______ and security," he said. "They are on the run, and are trying hard to survive."

3. Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds has been honoured with a second homecoming _______ in the West Midlands. Crowds lined the streets of Aldridge to cheer on the swimmer and Paralymic cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth as they passed by in a horse-drawn carriage.

4. The new UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, began his first _______ on Monday with a visit to Cairo, and is due to visit Damascus in the coming days.

5. Protesters in Cairo were pushed back from the US embassy to Tahrir Square and the BBC's Jon Leyne, in the city, says unrest is still _______.

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How did you do?

1

pilgrims

2

logistics

3

parade

4

mission

5

simmering