In this photo taken Thursday, July 5, 2012, Shiite pilgrims hold sparklers inside the courtyard of Imam Hussein shrine during the annual festival of Shabaniyah, which marks the anniversary of the ... more 
In this photo taken Thursday, July 5, 2012, Shiite pilgrims hold sparklers inside the courtyard of Imam Hussein shrine during the annual festival of Shabaniyah, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the ninth-century Shiite leader known as the Hidden Imam, in Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. Religious Shiites refer to Mohammed al-Mahdi as the "Hidden Imam," believing he was spared death and will return to Earth to bring peace and justice. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Hadi Mizban
Fri, Jul 6, 2012 8:22 AM EDT