In Iraq town, Real fans gather in 'challenge to IS'

Young Iraqis attend a memorial ceremony at the Al-Furat cafe in Balad, 80 km north of Baghdad, ahead of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid o May 28, 2016Wearing 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. “Until recently, I’m sure Ronaldo had never heard of Balad.

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