A Palestinian boy plays with fireworks during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Gaza City, on Aug. 1. Muslims around the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. Hatem Moussa/AP
Muslims in Dhaka, Bangladesh shop for delicacies used to break their fast during Ramadan, which begins Aug. 1. Pavel Rahman/AP
Libyans pray after breaking their fast on the first day of Ramadan, with a carpet portraying Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi at the square in rebel-held Benghazi, Libya, on Aug. 1. From Syria to Libya and Egypt, the uprisings and unrest gripping the Arab world have cast a pall on the start of Ramadan, when the traditional focus on piety appear likely be eclipsed by more unrest. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
A woman helps prepare 'Shofout,' a traditional Yemeni dish made with bread, yogurt, spices, and vegetables, ahead of a group Iftar on the first day of Ramadan, in Taghyeer Square in Sanaa, on Aug. 1. After six months of mass protests seeking to end president Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule, demonstrators vow to continue their sit-in at Taghyeer square through Ramadan until their demands are met. Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters
Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu (2nd l.) and Mustafa Demir, mayor of Fatih Municipality (3rd l.), give a symbolic fire to a cannon to start Iftar, the evening meal for breaking fast during Ramadan, on Aug. 1. Murad Sezer/Reuters
A whirling dervish in Istanbul, Turkey, performs before Iftar on Aug. 1. Murad Sezer/Reuters
Workers break fast at Riyadh's Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 1. Fahad Shadeed/Reuters
A boy takes part in a prayer at the new Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France, on Aug. 1. Vincent Kessler/Reuters
The sun sets behind Al-hussein Mosque on the first day of Ramadan in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 1. Nader Daoud/AP
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.