Shias in Iraq mark Ashura festival amid tight security. Photo: CBC News.
Jihad Alert: Wednesday the 7th of January 2009 is the day of Ashura, commemorated by the Shia as a day of mourning for the martyrdom [idiocy] of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, during the Battle of Karbala. Tehran Times
On one side of the battle were supporters and relatives of Muhammad's grandson Husayn ibn Ali ; on the other side was a military detachment (10,000 - 30,000 fighters) from the forces of Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph.
Husayn ibn Ali's group consisted of notable members of Muhammad's close relatives, around 72 men and women, of which some were either very old or very young. [Certainly not fighters -- human shields?]
To all involved in counterterrorism efforts, be extra vigilant on this day that honors the martyr/idiot.