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Iraq gear heads

Members of a drag racing club in Baghdad check their car before a race in 2005. Before Saddam Hussein's ouster, all car imports were controlled by the Iraqi leader's notorious son Uday and his cronies. A car freak, Uday was also known to confiscate on the spot any car he fancied. These days, the lawlessness in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 makes owning a head-turning ride a dangerous hobby. Saad Khalaf / Los Angeles Times
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