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Toy guns banished as Iraqis celebrate peaceful Eid in Mosul

MOSUL: It has long been a tradition in Iraq's second city Mosul for young boys to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday by running riot with firecrackers or toy guys -- scaring their sisters and grandparents. But nearly a year after security forces reclaimed a devastated city at the end of a brutal battle to dislodge the Islamic State group, there is little tolerance even for pretend warfare. During the three-year rule by the militants, primary school mathematics often consisted of counting bullets and grenades, while…