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Iraqi forces deploy to guard huge Ashoura gathering

Iraqi Shiite men take part in commemorations marking the mourning period of Ashura, on October 10, 2016 in the southern city of Basra. The religious festival of Ashura, which includes a ten-day mourning period, commemorates the seventh century slaying of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein in Karbala in Iraq. / AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 12, 2016, on page 9.

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