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After Bombing, Iraqi Player Hopes Soccer Holds the Power to Heal - New York Times
New York Times
And for that reason, grief, and expressing condolences, is part of the life of any player on Iraq's national team. The team exists and competes apart from Iraq itself; for security reasons, it has been unable to play a match in its home country since 2013.
Charlie Keating IV: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know - Heavy.com
Heavy.com
Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charlie Keating IV was part of a rescue team attempting to save American military advisers trapped when ISIS forces broke through the Kurdish Peshmerga lines, the Navy Times reports. “The Department of Defense has ...and more »
ISIS fighters 'are filming themselves raping sex slaves' in Iraq - Daily Mail
Daily Mail
The news comes as coalition air strikes have helped reduce Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq to their lowest levels for two years, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told Cabinet. Around 600 fighters with the terror group have been killed over ...and more »
President of Iraq Football Association Abdul Khaliq Masood - Press TV
Press TV
Abdul Khaliq Masood said on Wednesday that the Iraqi team, also known as Lions of Mesopotamia, favors Iran to host its home World Cup qualifiers. Nevertheless, he said, the team would face off with Saudi Arabia's national soccer team at a third venue ...and more »
Moqtada al-Sadr: Iraq's powerful unpredictable cleric pulling the strings - South China Morning Post
South China Morning Post
in 2006 as the biggest threat to stability in Iraq. The Mahdi Army – estimated to have had up to 60,000 members – was once the most active and feared armed Shiite group in the country, and was blamed by Washington for death-squad killings of thousands ...and more »
Otters bring mix of local, national and international players to city - Johnson City Press (subscription)
Johnson City Press (subscription)
Michael Balluff, the president and co-owner of the team nicknamed the Otters, promised, “We're going to make an impact on soccer nationally and locally.” In some ways, they already have with the roster consisting of current and former college players ...
Raised by war: This is what it's like to come of age in Iraq - PRI
PRI
Soccer is a favorite pastime and a national passion. It is a part of almost every Iraqi's childhood. Two years ago, Daoud Asager and his friends played a game of soccer on a July evening ... On a recent evening, Daoud and his team had just returned to ...and more »
Soccer has led Columbus Crew's Justin Meram to Iraq national team - USA TODAY
USA TODAY
Becoming an international soccer player is a tough task, no matter the player, no matter the country. For Justin Meram, the route was a little more unusual, and much more painstaking, than most. Meram, an attacking midfielder with the Columbus Crew ...

Iraq Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1948, Affiliated: 1950
Uniform Jerseys: White, Shorts:White, Stockings:White
Website http://www.ifa.iq
World Cup Appearances 1: (1986)
Continental Titles First: Asian Nations Cup (2007)
Best Results Fourth: Olympic Football Tournament Final (2004), FIFA U-20 World Cup Final (2013)

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