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New flag, new regime mark historic moment for Iraqis

Updated: August 15, 2004, 12:41 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- A historic moment took place Friday when a team marched into the stadium under a new Iraq flag for the Opening Ceremonies.

"I call it the happiest moment in my life," said Ahmed Assamarai, the president of the Iraq Olympic Committee. "I hope I am not going to cry. But in Iraq, I believe all the Iraqis will cheer that, for us to show them the Iraqi delegation and their flag.

"This is a special moment in Iraqi lives. After 35 years of fear and after the last 13 ...

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