AR-News: Cockfighting addicts enjoy new Iraq

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Thu Dec 4 13:22:15 EST 2003

[from San Diego Union Tribune]

BAGHDAD – The roosters furiously flap their wings and swipe razor-sharp
claws at each other's necks as the crowd roars and the betting becomes
frenzied. A man covers his face with his jacket as blood sprays in his

"Harder. Let him have it. He has to die," yells the crowd.

Saddam Hussein tolerated blood sports but his policemen sometimes cracked
down on gambling or demanded bribes. 

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