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  • Supporters of Iraq's largest Shiite party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, listen to their leader, Ammar al-Hakim, during a rally to mark Muharram, an important period of mourning for Shiites, in Baghdad on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The Remembrance of Muharram marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala, during which Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Attacks in Iraq during religious observance kill 22

    Attacks across Iraq targeting security forces and those marking a major Shiite commemoration killed 21 people on Wednesday while gunmen in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah assassinated the city's mayor as he was supervising a clean-up project.

  • Pakistani security officials check the site of a bomb blast as the minority Muslim Shiite sect observed the annual Ashoura holiday in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Kashif Naveed)

    Pakistani Shiite procession hit by bombing; 6 dead

    A bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least six people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, police said, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday.

  • Afghan security men inspect the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A man wearing a suicide vest blew himself up near a U.S. base in the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing at least one person in what looked like a thwarted attempt to attack the American base, police said. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    Suicide blast hits near U.S. base in Afghan capital

    Two Taliban suicide bombers struck near a U.S. base in Kabul early Wednesday, killing two Afghan guards in the heart of a neighborhood filled with foreign forces and embassies. The attack came despite increased security ahead of a Muslim holy day that last year saw one the capital's deadliest attacks.

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Afghan security men and media members gather at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. A man wearing a suicide vest blew himself up near a U.S. base in the capital early Wednesday. Two guards were killed.

    2 Taliban suicide bombers kill 2 guards in Kabul

    Two Taliban suicide bombers struck near a U.S. base in Kabul early Wednesday, killing two Afghan guards in the heart of a neighborhood filled with foreign forces and embassies.

  • Afghan police officers stand guard at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    At least 56 killed in rare attacks on Afghan Shiites

    A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque Tuesday to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in another city killed four more Shiites. They were the first major sectarian assaults since the fall of the Taliban a decade ago.

  • Smoke and dust rises at the scene of a suicide bomb attack Tuesday that killed 56 during a Muharram procession outside the Abul Fazl shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan. "It was a very powerful blast. ... Everyone was crying, shouting," said Mahood Khan, who is in charge of the shrine near the presidential palace. "It is a disaster." (Associated Press)

    Shiites attacked in Kabul

    A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshippers who packed a Kabul mosque Tuesday to mark a holy day, killing at least 56 people, and a second bombing in another city killed four more Shiites.

  • A Shiite child beats himself with bladed chains while participating in a procession in Peshawar, Pakistan. The first month of the Islamic calendar is dedicated to mourning Imam Hussein.

    Shiites mark day of grief amid sectarian strife

    Shiites across the Muslim world commemorated their most somber day of the year Thursday with solemn processions in which some beat their chests or cut themselves with swords and chains to mourn the death about 1,300 years ago of one of their most beloved saints.

  • 72 deaths mar Shi'ite ritual honoring saint

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims clambered aboard buses or began trekking homeward yesterday at the end of Ashoura, a 10-day ritual to cleanse the spirit and scourge the body in honor of their founding saint.

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