Burger boom as fast food finds fans in Baghdad

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Ali Issa is the owner of fish restaurant al-Mahar, which specializes in masgouf, the famous Iraqi roasted carp dish. He said every country in the world has burger and fried chicken restaurants, so why shouldn’t Iraq?

Besides, he said, he and his family are fans of “Kentucky,” the name Iraqis use for fried chicken, regardless of where it’s made.

“Sometimes we need Kentucky. Not just fish, fish, fish,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub, Sinan Salaheddin and Bushra Juhi contributed reporting.

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