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Iraqis Celebrate Asian Cup Win

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Posted on Jul 29, 2007
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The Iraqi soccer team—composed of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds—enjoys the fruits of victory after Sunday’s Asian Cup finals in Jakarta, Indonesia.

At least some of the gunfire heard in Baghdad on Sunday was celebratory, for a change:  Jubilant Iraqis flouted a government ban by firing shots into the air following Iraq’s 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the final match of the Asian Cup soccer tournament.


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Correspondents say Iraq’s progress has temporarily united the divided country.

The team includes Sunni and Shia Muslims, as well as Kurds.

Thousands of Iraqis, who had been following the match in Indonesia on television, rushed into the streets of the capital and other cities to celebrate.

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By Go Team, July 30, 2007 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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What the Iraqis will need now is a stadium paid for by all the smucks just like in their model country the good ‘ol USA.
Of course it won’t be easy. The Iraqis will have to get used to watching the highly paid team memebers get away with murder while the the common man gets his hands cut off for you-name-it.

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By Margaret Currey, July 29, 2007 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t people think when a bullet goes in the air it must come down, maybe these people are not used to thinking of such things, of course when there is a gun way of thinking people get killed.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe if we sent another 100000 troops they could win the World Cup.

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