Shia Islam

Turkey's Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, early Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
June 04, 2019 - 7:55 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, amid confusion about the start of the three-day holiday fed partly by political differences. The holiday marks...
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Map locates the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq.;
May 20, 2019 - 10:43 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery. The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's heavily...
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This image taken from video provided by Mohammed Issam shows boats trying to rescue people in the Tigris River after a overloaded ferry sank on Thursday, March 21, 2019 near Mosul, Iraq. Col. Hussam Khalil, head of the Civil Defense in the northern Nineveh province, told The Associated Press the accident occurred as scores of people were out in a tourist area celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring. (Mohammed Issam via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 6:10 am
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in...
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Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, walks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, before their meeting at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. Rouhani is visiting Iraq, seeking to boost ties between the two neighboring states and possibly secure Iraq’s help in bypassing U.S. sanctions the Trump administration re-imposed last year. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
March 11, 2019 - 8:32 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani's election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, shiite pilgrims pass a poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as they head to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, expressed his criticism of President Donald Trump's recent statement that U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. He is the latest Iraqi official to criticize Trump's remarks. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
February 06, 2019 - 8:21 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing recent statements by President Donald Trump in which he said U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 1979 file photo, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, center, is greeted by supporters in Tehran, Iran. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Iran’s exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini return to Tehran, a moment that changed the country’s history for decades to come. That revolution would spark the U.S. Embassy takeover and hostage crisis, stoking the animosity that exists between Tehran and Washington to this day. (AP Photo, File)
February 01, 2019 - 2:19 pm
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 1, 1979, Iran's exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini descended from a chartered Air France Boeing 747 to return to Tehran, a moment that changed the country's history for decades to come. Confrontations between security forces and demonstrators raged on even after Khomeini's...
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A soldier allied to Yemen's internationally recognized government stands guard at the fish market in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A sense of normalcy has returned to Aden, now the seat of power for Yemen's internationally recognized government, but many challenges remain for bringing a lasting peace to the Arab world's poorest country. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
December 13, 2018 - 11:15 am
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government nearly saw itself pushed into the sea by advancing rebels here three years ago. Now the port city of Aden shows the challenges that will likely still plague the nation following any potential peace agreement. Bursts of heavy machine gun fire still punctuates...
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November 23, 2018 - 8:03 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen visited on Friday the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in efforts to halt hostilities between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's Shiite rebels there and lay the groundwork for restarting peace talks, officials said. Martin Griffiths met with several...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Houthi Shiite fighters guard a street leading to the residence of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. A senior leader from Yemen’s Houthi rebels says that for the sake of peace efforts the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia, its larger northern neighbor who is leading a U.S.-backed Arab coalition to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
November 22, 2018 - 10:32 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels has met U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths in the capital Sanaa to discuss peace talks hoped for next month, as fighting continues in the key port city of Hodeida. A rebel statement Thursday says Abdul-Malek al-Houthi stressed that the Saudi-led...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Houthi Shiite fighters guard a street leading to the residence of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. A senior leader from Yemen’s Houthi rebels says that for the sake of peace efforts the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia, its larger northern neighbor who is leading a U.S.-backed Arab coalition to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
November 19, 2018 - 10:37 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels said Monday that they will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the latest push to stop the civil war in the Arab world's poorest country. But the rebels also said they had fired a ballistic...
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