In Iraqi holy city, row over female violinist at soccer match shows social rift

A Iraqi flag is held by fans during the game of the West Asia Football Federation Championship between Iraq and Lebanon at Kerbala Stadium in the holy city of Kerbala, Iraq July 30, 2019.Picture taken July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) – The match should have been cause for young Iraqis to celebrate. Their national team beat Lebanon 1-0 in the first competitive international hosted by Iraq for years in the holy city of Kerbala, complete with an opening ceremony of music and dance. Instead, the event drew high-level criticism which many of […]

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