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Baghdad bikers dance as parties return to battle-weary city
Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets, burst out of their semi-circles to break dance, their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glowsticks.

The Mongols Motorcycle Club dance circle was one of several at the Riot Gear Summer Rush event, a car show and concert held at a sports stadium in the heart of Baghdad.

The scene was a far cry from the usual images broadcast from the city of violence and mayhem. But nearly two years since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State, the capital has been quietly remaking its image.
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAH
August 18, 2019
A biker wheelspins on his motorbike during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
A biker wheelspins on his motorbike during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab...
A biker wheelspins on his motorbike during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYB7
August 18, 2019
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAJ
August 18, 2019
Young women dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young women dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Young women dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAC
August 18, 2019
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYA5
August 18, 2019
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAL
August 18, 2019
Young people attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the...
Young people attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAA
August 18, 2019
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAB
August 18, 2019
Young people attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the...
Young people attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYA3
August 18, 2019
Members of the Iraq Bikers are seen during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Members of the Iraq Bikers are seen during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab...
Members of the Iraq Bikers are seen during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYA7
August 18, 2019
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MY9Z
August 18, 2019
A man uses his phone as he attends electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
A man uses his phone as he attends electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
A man uses his phone as he attends electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAN
August 18, 2019
Members of the Iraq Bikers are seen during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Members of the Iraq Bikers are seen during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab...
Members of the Iraq Bikers are seen during a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MY9W
August 18, 2019
Young man dances as he attends electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium,...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young man dances as he attends electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium,...
Young man dances as he attends electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium, for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYAF
August 18, 2019
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYA6
August 18, 2019
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MY9V
August 18, 2019
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MY9Y
August 18, 2019
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad
Young men attend a car and motorbike show outside the closed Hall of Shaab Stadium in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYA9
August 18, 2019
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MY9X
August 18, 2019
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall...
Young people dance and cheer as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
IRAQ-CULTURE/RIOT GEAR
RTS2MYA1
August 18, 2019
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Baghdad, Iraq
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab...
Young people dance as they attend electronic music concert with western tunes at closed Hall in Shaab Stadium for the first time in Baghdad, Iraq August 16, 2019. Picture taken August 16, 2019 REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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