Middle East

June 22, 2008

Iraqis' drubbing of U.S. troops shows who rules the soccer field

A soccer game on a dirt field between two amateur teams — one made up of U.S. soldiers, the other, local Iraqis — may not seem like a big deal in the scope of the wider war. But the recent match between members of the 87th Infantry's 1st battalion and several young men from the Sons of Iraq meant much more than the Iraqis' 9-0 victory. For one, the U.S. side wasn't wearing body armor.

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