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DG #22 preview: the Iraqis fighting Isis

In issue #22 of Delayed Gratification, Bob Tollast and Scott Chasserot travel to Iraq to report on the Hashd al-Shaabi, a 100,000-strong force of 40 different brigades dedicated to defeating Isis. Until recently, its members were civilians: bakers, taxi drivers and plumbers, not soldiers. In a country plagued by sectarianism, the Hashd al-Shaabi have managed to unite Sunnis and Shi’as in the face of a common enemy.

Tollast and Chasserot captured some video footage of one brigade busting out a traditional chobi dance. Here’s what it looks like.

For the full story, check out issue #22 of Delayed Gratification, which will be made available in our shop very shortly. Subscribers can look forward to receiving their copy in the next few days. Not a subscriber yet? We’ll give you the issue for free if you sign up today. Just use promo code ‘social20’ when you sign up here.

Last year, Tollast and Chasserot travelled to Iraq to tell the story of the country’s marshes, which were destroyed by Saddam Hussein and are now slowly coming back to life. Here’s the full feature.

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