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FIFA lifted a ban on international football friendlies in Iraqi stadiums on Thursday, permitting matches in Baghdad for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, an Iraqi football official said. 

Iraqi footballers train at Baghdad's Al-Shaab Stadium on April 15, 2011. FIFA lifted a ban on international football friendlies in Iraqi stadiums on Thursday, permitting matches in Baghdad for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, an Iraqi football official said.

World football's governing body made the decision at a meeting in Switzerland, according to Iraqi Football Association vice president Abdulkhaleq Massud, who added that Iraq's national team will play a friendly against Syria on Tuesday in the northern city of Arbil.

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