The incident took place during Ashoura commemorations, when hundreds of thousands of people converge on the city of Karbala.
Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. A time of rejoicing and deliverance, yet a time of grief and sorrow. From both the Sunni and Shi'a traditions, this day holds very significant to many.
You have never truly heard of Hussein, Karbala, or Ashura, and you probably didn't need to. No, this time in Islamic and global history never meant anything, until now.
Some Shiite leaders urge blood drives on Ashura, instead.
The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.
The annual holiday hullabaloo used to start in the US right after Halloween like every other year. However, it starts much earlier now.
WARNING: Some images of Ashura observance are graphic: Shiite Muslims observe Ashura through mourning rituals such as self
Sectarian violence persists in Islam, and discredits the religion of Muhammad, Ali, and Husayn before the world. There is much to ponder, this year, on Ashura.
Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images 8. A man posed for pictures next to a mural by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic which