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Iraq reinstated just three months ago

Updated: May 12, 2004, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan -- Iraq's soccer team qualified for the Athens Olympics on Wednesday, less than three months after the country was reinstated by the International Olympic Committee.

Iraq beat Saudi Arabia 3-1, and then clinched the third and final Asian qualifying spot when Kuwait held Oman to a scoreless draw.

Celebratory gunfire was heard in central Baghdad after the match, and tracers zoomed across the sky.

"It's a crazy joy for us," Iraq defender Ahmed Alwan said. "Despite ...

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