The best photography from around the region this week: Oct 17, 2013

  • A Pakistani feeds his goat wearing the words 'Eid Mubarak', to be slaughtered on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Islamabad, Pakistan. Anjum Naveed / AP Photo
  • Syrian police cadets display their skills during a graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. AFP
  • A butcher sharpens his knife after killing a ram as part of Eid al-Adha celebrations in Egypt. Jon Gambrell / AP Photo
  • Afghan women  go to the main mosque to offer Eid-al-Adha prayers in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Balkh province, Afghanistan. Farshad Usyan / AFP
  • An Egyptian Muslim pilgrim cries as he prays at sunrise on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Amr Nabil / AP Photo
  • Muslim pilgrims circulate around the holy Kaaba located in the center of the Haram Sharif Great Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ali Hassan / EPA
  • Palestinian children play with plastic weapons during the second day of Eid al-Adha in Gaza City. Mohammed Abed / AFP
  • Muslim pilgrims head to the 'Jamarat' ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, where they throw pebbles at pillars, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, is surrounded by body guards as he arrives  at a mosque inside the presidential palace to deliver his Eid al-Adha message, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus / AP Photo
  • A young girl with her face painted in the colors of the Syrian flag, attends a demonstration in a protest against foreign support for the rebel groups in Syria. Vadim Ghirda / AP Photo
  • An Israeli soldier walks out from a tunnel reportedly discovered and seized near Kissufum, southern Israel, along the border with the Gaza Strip. Jim Hollander / EPA
  • Friends and relatives mourn over the bodies of people that were reportedly killed in airstrikes by Syrian government force in a mosque in the northwestern village of Kansafra, Syria. Mezar Matar / AFP
  • Palestinian girls pray on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Al-Yarmouk stadium in Gaza City. Hatem Moussa / AP Photo
  • Pigeons fly around pilgrims leaving the noon prayers outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Amr Nabil / AP Photo
  • An Egyptian man waits for the morning prayer on a street decorated with balloons near the Sayyida Zeinab mosque on the first day of Eid al-Ahda in Cairo, Egypt. Manu Brabo / AP Photo

October 17, 2013

The best images from the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

Photo edit and sequencing by photo editor, James O'Hara