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    Posted on Feb 17, 2017

    We Followed A Convoy Of Iraqi Special Forces Into Mosul...For A Drifting Expo

    Though the driving exposition DID run into trouble after ISIS drones dropped some bombs nearby.

    Last Friday BuzzFeed News had the chance to witness something in a neighborhood in eastern Mosul that NEVER happened when the city was held by ISIS.

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    BuzzFeed News' Mike Giglio and photographer Warzer Jaff report from the drifting event/video shoot, put on by a crew of Iraqi car enthusiasts who call themselves "Riot Gear."

    Arshed, one of the organizers, wants the world to know about the car culture in Iraq.

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    Riot Gear puts on driving events around Iraq and makes drifting videos.

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    Though they doesn't have many views, the videos Riot Gear has posted on YouTube offer a glimpse into Iraq's car culture.

    The driver was a pretty talented young Iraqi.

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    He didn't want to be identified, however, for fear of reprisals from ISIS.

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    He just wanted to drive.

    The drifting crew was accompanied by a large convoy of Iraqi security forces.

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    The western side of Mosul is still held by ISIS, and the drifting exhibition had to stop at one point when ISIS drones started dropping bombs nearby.

    According to the driver, Iraqi car culture was inspired by car cultures of countries in the Gulf.

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    While the drifting event was cut short, the organizers say they plan to return to Mosul soon.

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