Thousands of Muslim pilgrims make their way to throw stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan in the last rite of the annual haj called "Jamarat" in the Mina neighborhood of Mecca, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Taking aim at ISIS, Saudi Arabia has mounted a battle for hearts and minds at this year's haj, warning pilgrims that the hardline group is "evil" and seeking to recruit their children to fight in Iraq and Syria.As millions of pilgrims visited the holiest sites in Islam on the second day of the annual pilgrimage on Saturday, global leaders condemned the fourth beheading of a Westerner by ISIS insurgents.Saudi Arabia declared ISIS a terrorist organization in March and sharply stepped up denunciations of the group after its fighters made rapid territorial gains in Iraq in June.About three million Muslims, among them 1.4 million from abroad, are expected to perform haj this year.For the most part, Saudi pilgrims seemed to agree with the campaign.Some were peddling a theory that the group was formed by the West to weaken the Muslim world.
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