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Someone opened a Trump-themed fish restaurant in Iraqi Kurdistan


A Donald Trump-themed fish restaurant has popped up in quite an unusual place: Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Nedyar Zawity opened the seafood joint, Trump Fish, in the city of Dohuk, which is located in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Trump gained favor with Zawity and many in the Kurdish region of Iraq when the real estate mogul-turned-politician told the New York Times in July he's a "big fan of the Kurdish forces."

Trump also called for the United States to arm Kurdish forces to assist in their fight against ISIS. 

"I personally love Trump for this," Zawity told Reuters. "The name Trump is beloved in Kurdistan."

Zawity told CNN he hopes the president-elect will make good on his campaign promise. For years, the Kurds have been pushing for direct financial support, rather than having funds funneled through the central government in Baghdad, Reuters explained.

Here's a look at the restaurant's logo. 

Washington has long avoided dispensing aid directly to the Kurdish government in order to prevent further division within the country. 

Trump has not yet said whether he will maintain this policy, but many Kurds told Reuters they are hopeful his praise for their military will translate into support for their quest for statehood. 

Regardless of politics, Zawity said using Trump's name was also a branding strategy. 

Zawity said the name, along with his flashy logo which features San Diego Chargers-style lightning bolts, has helped attract customers. 

Several Westerners, who don't necessarily agree with Trump's politics, told Reuters they dine there for "novelty's sake." 

Zawity, however, has faced some backlash from online critics who've accused him of being an American or Israeli agent. 

Still, Zawity told Reuters he hopes to one day open another restaurant in the United States.

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