Hugh in Iraq
Here are some photos of the people and places in Hugh's report from Kerbala last night:
"Seyed Murtada Qazwini, 82-year-old Shia cleric whose bodyguards chased away two potential assassins who tried to break into his home in Kerbala on August 11th.
Seyed Murtada with his grandson Mothafar, who was with him in a car in 2006 when gunmen ambushed them. They shot Seyed Murtada in the arm and thigh.
Seyed Murtada with a photograph of his father, who died in a Saddam Hussein gaol.
Pallbearers a funeral at Imam Hussein mosque, Kerbala.
Imam Hussein mosque
Imam Abbas mosque, two hundred meters away from the Imam Hussein shrine. Worth Google Earthing Kerbala/Karbala for a staellite view of the shrine area.
Inside Imam Hussein mosque
Archway above the entrance to Imam Hussein's tomb, in the centre of the mosque.
Mosque attendants waiting for an Imam to chant verses from the Koran.
Decoration on the entrance to Imam Hussein mosque.
Children reading the Koran, Imam Hussein mosque
Inside Imam Abbas mosque
Golden minarets, Imam Abbas mosque
Detail, Imam Abbas mosque.
Families at Imam Abbas mosque.
And here are some smiles from this lovely friendly city":