Shiite fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) advance from an area near Qayyarah towards the village of Tal Um Jadaan, southwest of Mosul.
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Bahraini protesters wearing gas masks, look on during clashes with police after a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman (portrait), head of the Shia opposition movement Al-Wefaq, in Salman’s home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama.
Muslim Shiites gather in the shrine of Imam Hussein, one of Shiite Islam’s most revered figures, during the Shaabaniya ceremony commemorating the birth of Imam al-Mahdi, the 12th holiest figure for Shiite Muslims, in the central Iraqi city of Karbala. The Imam al-Mahdi disappeared in the ninth century and Shiites believe that he will appear before the end of time to establish justice and true Islam in the world.