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Pricey World Cup Coverage Shuts Out Iraqi Fans

Iraq may be wracked by sectarian tensions, but many in the country still share one thing: a passion for soccer. Most Iraqi fans, however, are being shut out of the World Cup tournament that is driving the world wild.

The cost for satellite coverage is about $200 -- a sum that represents two months' wages to many Iraqis. Fans are angry, and observers say that U.S. advisers and Iraq's new leaders missed a chance to ease violence.

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Philip Reeves
Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.
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