Category: Iraq

When Kanoute scored and Iraq exploded—a Spurs' supporter's prison diary

When Kanoute scored and Iraq exploded—a Spurs’ supporter’s prison diary

Held captive for 3,080 days during the Iran-Iraq war, Emad Nimah‘s “grief was made worse due to total ignorance of how Tottenham were getting on.”

Pride of lions | Iraqi Asian Cup victory reminds a civilization what ‘normal’ feels like

Baghdad, Aug 9 | A triumphant march through the Asian Cup tournament in July contributed to the resurgence of the Arabic phrase Assood al-Rafidain (Lions of Mesopotamia) to refer to the Iraqi national football team.

“It’s a way of labeling them with this unifying and historic cultural icon,” says Newsweek Baghdad correspondent Larry Kaplow, who appeared on our Aug 7 podcast. Rising above divisions by ethnicity and sect, the Iraqi team, which trains and plays matches in Jordan, defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0 on Jul 29 to lift the Asian Cup for the first time.

Football and war | Stray bullet invades soccer ‘sanctuary’

Mudhafar Journalism of stunning quality takes justified front-page position in the Sunday Los Angeles Times. Bruce Wallace narrates the shocking death of Manar Mudhafar, a player for capital side Al Zawra recently selected for the national team. At an afternoon practice on 30 March, Mudhafar, 19, rose to head the ball and came down bloodied […]