Othman tends to his pigeons on the roof of his house, in a neighborhood recently liberated from Daesh.
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For the first time in over two years, flocks of white and gray pigeons can be seen circling Mosul's rooftops. Among the many rules imposed by Daesh (ISIS) when it seized the northern Iraqi city was a ban on breeding or flying the birds, which many Iraqis keep as pets or raise for food. The militants feared young men practicing the hobby would neglect their religious studies or spy on female neighbors from the rooftops.Othman would sneak upstairs to feed his birds.Buildings are flattened, walls are pockmarked and bridges destroyed.But Othman mostly looks upward where the birds wheel overhead in formation.
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