Migratory starlings, caught and released in Iraq as a symbol of mercy, take flight from war

January 2, 2015 6:15 AM

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Migratory starlings, caught and released in Iraq as a symbol of mercy, take flight from war

In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, photo, starling seller Mohammed Jamil shows a bird after it was purchased by a customer to set it free in Irbil, Iraq. Some will buy the birds to eat them as a delicacy, but most will buy them only to set them free as an act of mercy. This year, however, the nearby fighting with the Islamic State group has driven many of the skittish birds away. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett) (The Associated Press)

In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, photo, starling seller Mohammed Jamil displays his birds in the Qaysari Bazaar Irbil, Iraq as residents stop to look. The migratory species is caught in the region during the months of December to February a popular delicacy for some and for others a bird to be set fre...

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