Sean Scantlebury, left, and Faraj rehearse in Amman, Jordan, in 2015 (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)
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An Iraqi self-taught dancer who defied conservativism and threats ahead of his stage debut last year was among the scores killed in a massive suicide truck bombing over the weekend in Baghdad. The 23-year-old dancer, Adil Faraj, was buying clothes in the neighborhood of Karada for the holiday of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when the attack happened. A Daesh (ISIS) bomber detonated the truck in a crowded shopping area around 1 a.m. Sunday, on a street filled with Iraqis preparing for the holiday or just seeking a nighttime break from the sizzling Baghdad summer heat before the start of their fast at dawn. Faraj, a recent law school graduate who last year traveled to Jordan for his on-stage dancing debut, was among the victims.Faraj is survived by three brothers and his parents.
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