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Cockfighting in Afghanistan: A view from the shadows

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A man sprays water onto the beak of his rooster during a break in between rounds at a weekly cockfight gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 20, 2012.

Agence France Presse reports — Cockfighting, known as Murgh Jangi in the Dari language, is a popular winter game among Afghans. Like a number of other sports and pastimes, it was banned by the Taliban.

The heels and bills of the birds are sharpened before fights, which run for 4 to 6 rounds with each round lasting between 10 and 20 minutes. Some 100,000 to 200,000 Afghanis ($2,000 to $4,000) can change hands among spectators placing bets during these fights.

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A man holds his rooster.

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