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    The Pigeons of War

    It’s no place for doves. Civil war-ravaged Syria is famous for pigeon breeding, a practice that dates back to the eighth century. But with elite bloodlines facing extinction, some residents have taken to smuggling the prized creatures through deadly Hezbollah-controlled territory into Lebanon. Certain breeds can fetch up to $15,000 per bird, competing internationally and even donning bejeweled anklets. These price tags have prompted some impoverished Syrians to sell off their flocks. But others are trying to buy them back, hoping that someday these harbingers of peace can safely return home.

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