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Bikes Over Baghdad

Photograph By Andrew Hetherington for ESPN The Magazine

After three action-packed days, the tour heads to the airport to catch a flight to the next base. On this trip, the guys travel by commercial airline and are taken by military transport from the airport to the bases. At the airport, a few locals board the same flight accompanied by their pets. "In the States, you take your dogs onto flights," one guy says. "We take our falcons."