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An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation force holds his weapon as he keeps position during a battle against jihadists from the Islamic State group to retake the strategic town Baiji, north of Tikrit, on Monday

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An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation force holds his weapon as he keeps position during a battle against jihadists from the Islamic State group to retake the strategic town Baiji, north of Tikrit, on Monday

Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers mourn as they gather at the shrine of Imam Mussa al-Kadhim to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam onWednesday in the northern district of Kadhimiya in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

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Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers mourn as they gather at the shrine of Imam Mussa al-Kadhim to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam on Wednesday in the northern district of Kadhimiya in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said.

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People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sana’a Airport, Yemen. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shia rebels. 

A police officer stands guard as Shia pilgrims make their way to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shia ritual of Arbaeen, in Baghdad, December 10, 2014. Arbaeen falls 40 days after the holy day of Ashura.

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A police officer stands guard as Shia pilgrims head to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shia ritual of Arbaeen, in Baghdad on Wednesday. Arbaeen falls 40 days after the holy day of Ashura

A Myanmar Shiite Muslim child looks up w...A Myanmar Shiite Muslim child looks up while outside a mosque during a procession to mark the Ashura festival in Yangon on November 4, 2014. Ashura marks the peak of 10 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam.     AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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A Myanmar Shia Muslim child stands outside a mosque during a procession for the Ashura festival in Yangon. Ashura marks the peak of 10 days of mourning for the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam 

Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers self-flagellate during a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on November 3, 2014.

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Iraqi Shia Muslims self-flagellate in Basra during a ceremony to mark Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

Shiite fighters seized control of the capital Sana a...epa04411989 Gunmen of the Shiite Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital  after they consolidated their foothold in Sana'a, Yemen, 22 September 2014. Reports state the Yemeni government and Shiite Houthi rebels on 21 September signed a UN-brokered ceasefire hours after Houthi insurgents captured major state institutions in the Arabian Peninsula country's worst crisis in three years.  The deal, including calls for an immediate ceasefire, the formation of a national unity government and economic reforms, was announced after four days of heavy fighting in Sana'a, pitting the Houthis against Sunni rivals backed by government forces.

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Gunmen of the Shia Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital after they consolidated their foothold in Sana’a, Yemen on Monday

Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shi'ite militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city...Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shi'ite militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city September 1, 2014.

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Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shia militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city

Iraqi Shias clean the grave of a relative at one of the world's biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on July 29, 2014, during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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Iraqi Shias clean the grave of a relative at one of the world’s biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on Tuesday in Iraq

Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on July 9, 2014, in Baghdad.. Iraq's government once battled entrenched Shiite militiamen but is now making common cause with them against a jihadist-led onslaught that Baghdad's forces are struggling to contain on their own.

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Shia volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraq army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), on Wednesday, in Baghdad

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers, wearing police forces uniforms, take part in a training session on June 17, 2014 in the central Shiite Muslim city of Karbala. Faced with a militant offensive sweeping south toward Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on June 15, 2014 that the Iraqi government would arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight, and thousands have signed up.

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Newly recruited Iraqi volunteers, wearing police force uniforms, take part in a training session on Tuesday in the central Shia Muslim city of Karbala

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north.

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Shia tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq

Yemeni female followers of the Shiite Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana'a, Yemen, 23 January 2014. Reports state thousands of followers of the Shiite Houthi movement took to the streets to demand the dismissal of the government two days after unidentified gunmen killed Shiite leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, a representative of the Shiite Houthi movement in Yemen's national dialogue talks.

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Female followers of the Shia Houthi movement hold a picture of late Shia leader Ahmed Sharafeddin, during a protest demanding the dismissal of the government in Sana’a, Yemen.

An Iranian Muslim Shia man, acting as the prophet Jesus (C) and his apostles before the battle of Karbala, take part in the annual religious performance of "Taazieh" in the Iranian town of Noosh Abad near the central city of Kashan on November 12, 2013, marking the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein.

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A Muslim Shia man, acting as the prophet Jesus, centre, and his apostles before the battle of Karbala, take part in the annual religious performance of “Taazieh” in the town of Noosh Abad near the central Iranian city of Kashan. The event marks the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammed.

An Iraqi youth makes a belt especially for the annual Shiite Muslim commemoration of Ashura with the saying embossed in Arabic that reads, "Labaik ya Hussein" or " In your service Hussein", referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, at a work shop in Baghdad on November 4, 2013.

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An Iraqi youth in a Baghdad workshop makes a belt for the annual Shia Muslim commemoration of Ashura. The Arabic embossment reads ‘In your service, Hussein’, referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

People run to help outside one of two mosques hit by explosions in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, August 23, 2013. At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in two explosions outside mosques in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Friday, security sources and witnesses said.

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People run to help outside one of two mosques hit by explosions in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli. At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in two explosions outside mosques in Lebanon‘s northern city of Tripoli on Friday, security sources and witnesses said

A Bahraini anti-government protester gestures as she sits along a street during a march in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Opposition groups launched a fresh push against the Gulf monarchy on Wednesday, an effort to revitalize their two-and-a half-year-old pro-democracy uprising.

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An anti-government protester , taking part in a march in the western village of Malkiya, Bahrain, makes a gesture of peace. Opposition groups launched a fresh push against the Gulf state monarchy on Wednesday in an effort to revitalise the two-and-a half-year-old pro-democracy uprising

Al-Quds day rally in Karachi...epa03811115 Pakistani Shiite Muslims hold toy guns during a rally to protest against Israel and US policy in the middle east, to mark the Al-Quds (Jerusalem day), in Karachi, Pakistan, 02 August 2013. Many Muslim countries mark Al-Quds day, an annual day of protest decreed in 1979 by the late Iranian ruler Ayatollah Khomeini, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. The day is celebrated in a move to express support for the Palestinian people and their resistance against Israeli occupation.  EPA/REHAN KHAN

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Shia Muslims hold toy guns during an al-Quds Day rally in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday. The annual event, marked across the Muslim world, is held to express support for the Palestinian people and their resistance against Israeli occupation