An Iraqi man buys alcohol at a shop in the embattled city Mosul on May 10, 2017.
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Abu Haidar tries to keep a low profile and there is no sign on his shop, the first liquor store to reopen in Mosul since the militants were beaten back. But it's hard not to notice the steady stream of customers walking out with black plastic bags filled with Turkish beer, Iraqi arak and cheap whiskey.The young man said he could get up to 1,000 customers a day at his tiny shop in an industrial area of east Mosul, which the Iraqi security forces retook from Daesh (ISIS) in January.Abu Haidar himself could barely tell one from the other: Liquor shop owners in Iraq are usually Christians or Yazidis, but he is a Muslim and says he was convinced by a friend to invest in what looked like a good business opportunity.
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