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In pictures: Baghdad marks Eid al-Adha

Children in Sadr City mark Eid al-Adha

Baghdad residents have taken advantage of a fall-off in violence to visit parks and mark Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

Sheep being butchered in Sadr City.

Eid al-Adha, when families and friends come together for celebratory meals, marks Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to God.

A US soldier plays in Sadr City

The festival has given US troops a chance to show a different face.

Abu Nawas park in Baghdad

The recently opened Abu Nawas park in central Baghdad was also a popular destination.

Men dance in al-Zawraa park in central Baghdad.

Men dance in al-Zawraa park in central Baghdad. A ceasefire by the Shia Mehdi Army and moves by Sunni tribesmen to oust al-Qaeda have helped reduce violence.

Al-Zawraa park in central Baghdad.

Parents hope the lull in violence will last, though they know the attacks have by no means been halted.





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