Karbala, Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Shiites walk from the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala toward another shrine in the southern Iraqi city, performing Ashura rituals that were banned under <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000983" title="Saddam Hussein" href="/topic/arts-culture/saddam-hussein-PEHST000983.topic">Saddam Hussein</a>. Many Shiites say their pride in winning political power has been replaced by disgust at the government’s record.
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( Mohammed Sawaf / AFP/Getty Images / December 27, 2009 )

Hundreds of thousands of Shiites walk from the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala toward another shrine in the southern Iraqi city, performing Ashura rituals that were banned under Saddam Hussein. Many Shiites say their pride in winning political power has been replaced by disgust at the government’s record.

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