A story of good news: Competitive international football returns to Iraq after nearly 30 year ban

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KARBALA, Iraq – Competitive international football has returned to Iraq on Tuesday after a 30 year ban.

The game was between Lebanon’s Al-Ahed and Iraq’s Al-Zawraa in the central Iraqi city of Karbala, roughly 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Baghdad.

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The match comes less than a month after FIFA lifted the ban on Iraq hosting competitive international soccer matches on March 17.

The ban was originally put in place in 1990 due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and remained intact ever since over security fears.

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