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Since the U.S.-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq has been plagued by graft and sectarian fighting, culminating in the Daesh (ISIS) group seizing around a third of its territory in 2014 .As Iraq seeks to move beyond the brutal war that last year finally defeated the militants, Atbi is determined to embarrass officials who pocket bribes and hand out plum civil service jobs to relatives.The father-of-two hopes his little troupe can help trigger a culture change, even as he juggles his satirical ventures with a full-time job as a policeman.In one sketch, Atbi plays a diligent official obliged to work with incompetent but politically connected colleagues.For fans of Atbi and his troupe, laughter is something of a social safety valve.
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