Monday, January 9, 2012

Arbayeen In Iraq, January 2012

Despite the series of bombings that have hit pilgrims in January 2011, Shiites are still heading for the holy city of Karbala to commemorate Arbayeen. It is part of Ashura, that marks the death of the Imam Hussein Ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in 680 A.D. Hussein was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed, and his battle and death is considered a shaping event for Shiites.

Iraqi police in the Dora neighborhood of southern Baghdad preparing bread for pilgrims who are headings towards Karbala. On January 6, 2011 two bombs went off in the neighborhood, leaving 10 casualties amongst pilgrims. (Getty)
Pilgrims walking through Dora, Baghdad towards Karbala on January 6, 2011 (Getty)
More pilgrims in Dora, passing by a policeman (Getty)
A police checkpoint in Dora (Getty)
A policeman directs pilgrims in Dora, while standing next to a poster with an image of the Imam Hussein. A table with provisions appears in the background (Getty)
Pilgrims in Dora carrying banners of the Imam Hussein (Getty)
More pilgrims in Baghdad heading towards Karbala, January 7, 2012 (Reuters)
Women pilgrims in Baghdad (Reuters)


Aswat al-Iraq, "10 casualties in 2 explosions in Baghdad," 1/6/12

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