Iraq Wins & 5 People Die

// July 22nd, 2007

 

The Asian Cup is currently underway in host countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Iraq advanced out of the quarter-finals yesterday on the shoulders of Younis Mahmoud, Iraq’s captain & star striker, who scored 2 gols to put them past the Vietnamese side.

Team Melli of Iran ended up losing 4-2 in a penalty shootout with South Korea (playing without several key players), which would have set up an anticipated match-up between them & their neighbor & sometime enemy, the Iraqis.

Japan, who also won in a penalty shootout against the Socceroos of Australia, will face Saudi Arabia, who defeated Uzbekistan, in the other semi-final.

The Iraqi national team’s success so far in the Asian Cup has helped to unify & bring joy to Iraqis as the war-torn country (good lookin’ out USA!) teeters on the verge of an all-out civil war. Much like their advancement to the semi-final stage of the 2004 Olympics, the Iraqi national team has again been the main character in a great story of hope. However, like almost all of the news concerning Iraq these days, some people had to die. Celebratory automatic gunfire into the air resulted in the death of at least 2 people and several more wounded.

It’s like no matter what happens, good or bad, at least some people have to die over in Iraq.

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