Cover Story Sidebar | From torture to triumph Just making it to the Olympic field was a
surprise for the Iraqi men's soccer team. While the Iraqis, backed
by hundreds of cheering expatriates, cruised to three unlikely
Olympic victories, soccer mania gripped the war-torn nation.
Nighttime gunfire in Baghdad could have been interpreted as another
insurrection. Instead, it was young men firing shots into the air
celebrating Iraq's defeat of Australia to earn a shot at an Olympic
medal. A year before, Iraq's