BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 05: Station master Jawad Khathem prepares to mount a Shi’ite flag on a pole at Baghdad Central Railway Station in preparation for the festival Ashura on December 5, 2011 in ... more 
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - DECEMBER 05: Station master Jawad Khathem prepares to mount a Shi’ite flag on a pole at Baghdad Central Railway Station in preparation for the festival Ashura on December 5, 2011 in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s railway system once bustled with trains that connected to destinations including Turkey and London. Ashura marks the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson the revered Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq 1,300 years ago. Shi'ite festivals were prohibited during the time of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein's rule. Iraq is transitioning nearly nine years after the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation. American forces are now in the midst of the final stage of withdrawal from the war-torn country. According to the Iraq Body Count at least 4,485 U.S. military personnel have died in service in Iraq and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) less 
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