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Muslim world readies for Eid al-Fitr but shadow hangs over festival in places

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By Robert Hackwill
Muslim world readies for Eid al-Fitr but shadow hangs over festival in places

<p>All around the Muslim world everyone is getting ready for Eid al-Fitr, the great festival that ends the holy month of<br /> Ramadan.</p> <p>In Iraq battle may rage in the north of the country, but in Baghdad the markets are full of the delicacies and clothes<br /> people traditionally spend heavily on to end the weeks of fasting and self-denial.</p> <p>“We come here to buy clothes for our children. I hope this Eid we will celebrate the liberation of Mosul together with <br /> the Eid celebrations. God willing there will be no Daesh next Eid and our future will be much better,” said one man <br /> out shopping.</p> <p>However in Afghanistan it has been the bloodiest Ramadan since 9/11, sixteen years ago, and in Marawi City in<br /> the Philippines there is little joy either, as martial law and an ongoing battle between the army and Islamist militants<br /> which has emptied the city of most of its population, continues.</p>