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Iraq's run in the Asian Cup has been a cause of rare joy in the Gulf nation, where people are saying the national team, with its mix of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, demonstrates that the warring ethnic and religious factions can unite despite years of sectarian violence.Can a soccer game save a country? Many people smarter than me will debate that. And they'll point out that bombs killed people celebrating the win in Iraq earlier. But we'll see right?