Najaf, Iraq - Republic of
IRAQI SHI'ITE MEN WALK TO NAJAF FOR PILGRIMAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 26
Iraqi Shi'ite men carry religious flags as they make their way to the
central city of Kerbala via Najaf April 19, 2003. Thousands of Iraqi
Shi'ites enjoyed their first taste of religious freedom on Thursday,
starting out on a pilgrimage of hundreds of miles that was banned under
ousted president Saddam Hussein.The last time Iraqi Shi'ites marked the
event in public was in 1977, when Iraqi troops attacked pilrims.