Cockfighting in Iraq: a different kind of battle

Iraq is no stranger to battles, but this is not one fought with rifles and rockets: when the bell sounds, trainers release cocks Daqduqa and Sammam into the ring. The crowd, scattered across the makeshift stands in a dank Baghdad house, erupts into cheers, baying for blood. Welcome to cockfighting in Iraq.

AFP reports:

Iraq is no stranger to battles, but this is not one fought with rifles and rockets: when the bell sounds, trainers release cocks Daqduqa and Sammam into the ring.

The crowd, scattered across the makeshift stands in a dank Baghdad house, erupts into cheers, baying for blood.

Welcome to cockfighting in Iraq.