In pictures: Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra plays on despite unpaid wages

Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra has lost more than half its members since the start of the year, when the government issued a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat leads musicians during a rehearsal on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries. Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat leads musicians during a rehearsal on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries. Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra musician Duaa Majed Aubeh takes part in a rehearsal in Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet on August 5, 2018. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat leads musicians during a rehearsal on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries. Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Dusty instruments are seen on the floor during a rehearsal of Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Noor Mohammad, a musician in the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra poses for a picture during before a rehearsal in Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet on August 5 2018. Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/PGetty Images
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra conductor Mohammed Amin Ezzat leads musicians during a rehearsal on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries. Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra musicians take part in a rehearsal on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet. Some 40 musicians are gearing up to play at the National Theatre on August 18 but the group's morale is at an all time low. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
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Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra musicians take part in a rehearsal on August 5, 2018 at Baghdad's School of Music and Ballet. Some 40 musicians are gearing up to play at the National Theatre on August 18 but the group's morale is at an all time low. The ensemble has lost more than half its members since the beginning of the year when Baghdad introduced a directive barring state employees with two jobs from receiving two salaries. Photo by SABAH ARAR AFP/Getty Images
Tue 14 Aug 2018 12:03 PM GST
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