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Shia Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India January 8, 2016.

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Shia Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India on Friday

An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Thursday

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An Iraqi Muslim woman walks past Christmas decorations for sale in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Thursday

Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. A tenuous ceasefire is holding in Yemen despite some violations, as U.N.-brokered peace talks between the country s U.S. and Saudi-backed internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels start in Switzerland. But with both camps  positions unchanged and little sign either is ready for compromise, observers are not expecting much.

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Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday

Bahraini Shia Muslims take part in a ceremony commemorating Ashura, which marks the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and one of Shia Islam's most revered figures, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on October 22, 2015.

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Bahraini Shia Muslims take part in a ceremony commemorating Ashura, which marks the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed and one of Shia Islam’s most revered figures, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on Thursday

Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, holding their weapons chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

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Shia fighters, known as Houthis, hold their weapons whilst chanting slogans during a tribal gathering showing support to the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen

Afghan Shia Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday

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Afghan Shia Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday

Iraqi Shiite fighters

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Iraqi Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, fighting alongside Iraqi government forces, fire a rocket during a military operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists as they advance towards the centre of Baiji, some 200 kilometres north of Baghdad.

Iraqi men mourn outside a mosque in the holy city of Najaf on Thursday during the funeral of Shia victims of this morning's truck bombing in Baghdad's northern suburb of Sadr City

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Iraqi men mourn outside a mosque in the holy city of Najaf on Thursday during the funeral of Shia victims of this morning’s truck bombing in Baghdad’s northern suburb of Sadr City

Armed militiamen loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi drive in a pick-up truck in the Khor Maskar neighbourhood of the southern Yemeni city of Aden on July 14, 2015 near Aden's airport which they recaptured from Shiite Huthi rebels. Loyalists of Yemen's exiled president recaptured the airport in second city sealing a four-month battle with Iran-backed rebels with Saudi-led air and naval support, military sources said

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Armed militiamen loyal to Yemen’s fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi drive in a pick-up truck in the Khor Maskar neighbourhood of the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Tuesday near Aden’s airport which they recaptured from Shia Houthi rebels

Guards stand on the rubble of the house of Brigadier Khaled al-Anduli, an army commander loyal to the Houthi movement, after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa...Guards stand on the rubble of the house of Brigadier Khaled al-Anduli, an army commander loyal to the Houthi movement, after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa July 6, 2015. Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as the capital Sanaa came under renewed air strikes

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Guards stand on the rubble of the house of Brigadier Khaled al-Anduli, an army commander loyal to the Houthi movement, after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Monday

An armed member of Houthi Group inspects the scene of a car bomb targeting a group of female mourners loyal to Shia Houthi Group in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday

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An armed member of Houthi Group inspects the scene of a car bomb targeting a group of female mourners loyal to Shia Houthi Group in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday

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