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Iraqis Celebrate Asia Cup Victory

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Iraqis are celebrating their team's Asia Cup victory over Saudi Arabia amid increased security aimed at suppressing violence that marred an earlier football celebration.

Iraq won Sunday's match 1-0 in Jakarta. Fans danced in the streets of Iraq and fired gunshots into the air -- despite orders from authorities against celebratory gunfire. The football team's members include Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds.

Iraqi officials also imposed a vehicle ban in Baghdad and other parts of the country for the game.

Last week, car bombers in Iraq killed 50 people and wounded 130 others in crowds celebrating a semi-final victory over South Korea.

In other developments, the US military says coalition forces killed eight terrorists and detained 22 other suspects during operations on Sunday targeting al-Qaida across central Iraq.

The military also says two US soldiers were killed Sunday during combat operations, one in eastern Baghdad and one north of the city.

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