I was pleased to see some cats in “The Hurt Locker”, an unexpected surprise.  They weren’t looking quite as sharp as our local cats, but were cruising around the Baghdad of 2004 with their characteristic style and class.  A quick search finds this John Burns article about Baghdad cats.   I guess it shouldn’t be surprising to see all those cats in Baghdad.  That’s where they came from:

This domestication process occurred in Cyprus and the Near East, probably in the Fertile Crescent, around the time of the development of agriculture. – Wikipedia

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