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Chest-thumping patriotic videos get Iraqis pumped
Chest-thumping patriotic videos get Iraqis pumped

The seller's fingers dance across the stacks of discs crowding his table, his words racing as he foists one DVD after another on a customer. "You should see this one, and definitely take this one," he says. "Oh, and I just got this one today. Brand new. You have to have it!" They aren't pirated copies of Hollywood blockbusters (although those are available too). Here, in the vast military surplus outdoor market of Baghdad's Bab Sharqi neighborhood, customers come for the latest in nationalist and pro-government songs, ballads and anthems. Entire albums are dedicated to tales of heroism while promising death to Iraq's enemies. Many of the songs...

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