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Muslims around the world mark Ashura

Muslims around the world mark Ashura
Shi'ite Muslim Iraqi men kneel on the street at the start of the climax to the annual Ashura tradition where participants bloody themselves by hitting their heads with the flat end of a sword. (Getty Images)
Muslims around the world mark Ashura
Kuwaiti Shiite boy attends a ceremony marking Ashura. Ashura is a Shi'ite religious event marked over ten days of mourning, commemorating the death of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein in the seventh century (680 AD) by the armies of the caliph Yazid in the battle of Karbala in central Iraq. (Getty Images)
Muslims around the world mark Ashura
A Turkish Shiite man touches a portrait of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein on the holy day of Ashura. (Getty Images)
Muslims around the world mark Ashura
Turkish Shiite men take part in a religious procession held on the holy day of Ashura. (Getty Images)
Muslims around the world mark Ashura
Shiite Muslims some holding two pronged swords similar to that carried by Imam Ali in battle, take part in the Ashura tradition in the southern holy city of Najaf, in Iraq. (Getty Images)
Muslims around the world mark Ashura
Turkish Shiite women take part in a religious procession. (Getty Images)
Muslims around the world mark Ashura
Shiite Muslim men flay themselves with chains and blades during Ashura in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Getty Images)