BAGHDAD, May 30, 2016 - Wearing a pink Ronaldo
tee-shirt, Ali Qais stares nervously at one of the Al-Furat cafe’s TV
screens to watch his beloved Real Madrid in the Iraqi town of Balad.
Facing a poster of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, the sofa he is sitting on has two bullet holes in its back.
Two weeks ago, gunmen sprayed gun fire and tossed grenades inside the
cafe during a raid officials said killed a total of 16 people,
including at least 10 on the cafe’s premises.
“Tonight, it’s much more than just watching a football match, it’s a
challenge to Daesh,” said Qais, using an Arabic ...