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CustomsPublic displays of intimacy, even between husband and wife, are a no-no. But it is common to see two women or men, including soldiers, holding hands as they walk down a street as a sign of friendship.
It's not unusual for Iraqis to be just 10 inches apart while talking; a greater distance is seen as an insult.