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Shiite Muslims gather in Karbala to honor Imam Hussein, the prophet's grandson, by the shrine to Hussein's half-brother Abbas. Such traditions were suppressed during the rule of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim. (Andrea Bruce Woodall - The Washington Post)
Shiite Leader Says U.S. Must Leave Iraq
The statement by Abdul Aziz Hakim was another sign of growing unease among Iraq's 60 percent Shiite majority over American occupation.
 Unelected Mayor Rallies Supporters
 Loot Is Being Returned to Museum

Tradition Reclaimed on Blistered Feet 
In a spectacle unrivaled in decades, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shiite Muslims have flocked to Karbala, the resting place of a grandson of the prophet Muhammad whose death in battle weaves their faith's central narrative.
 U.S. Surprised by Shiites' Strength
 Karbala Pilgrimage Slideshow

Iraqi Artists Get A Clean Canvas
BAGHDAD, April 21 -- Soon after more than 100 of Baghdad's artists gathered today at Hawar Art Gallery, its avuncular, irreverent owner, Qassam Alsabti, lugged out a sprawling white board. He propped it against the wall, and his helpers carted in cut-off plastic bottles topped with paint. In a break with the past -- and all its weary cliches and slogans -- nothing was scripted.

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Shiite Clerics Move to Assume Control in Baghdad: Religious Leaders Seek to Restore Services, Keep Distance from U.S. Forces (Post, April 14, 2003)

A War Waged With a Sword At His Throat (Post, April 13, 2003)

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A City Freed from Tyranny Descends Into Lawlessness: Looters Target Government Offices, Ministries (Post, April 11, 2003)

Hussein's Baghdad Falls: U.S. Forces Move Triumphantly Through Capital Streets, Cheered by Crowds Jubilant at End of Repressive Regime (Post, April 10, 2003)

Iraqis Now Feel Free to Disagree (Post, April 10, 2003)

Authority Melts in Baghdad As U.S. Forces Tighten Grip: Marines Take Airport In Eastern Suburbs (Post, April 9, 2003)

Signs of Power Void Abound on City's Deserted Streets (Post, April 9, 2003)

3 Journalists Killed By U.S. Strikes: Military Says Forces Fired at From Hotel, Office (Post, April 9, 2003)

U.S. Forces Seize 2 Hussein Palaces As Armor Reaches Heart of Baghdad: Airstrike in Iraqi Capital Aimed at Leader, Sons (Post, April 8, 2003)

Hospitals Overwhelmed By Living and the Dead (Post, April 8, 2003)

Troops, Tanks Attack Central Baghdad (Post, April 7, 2003; 7:11 AM)

Confusion in a City Sealed Off From the World (Post, April 7, 2003)

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