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Football world governing body Fifa has allowed Iraq to host their national team's upcoming World Cup qualifying games in their southern city, Basra, following a "security assessment by a Fifa delegation"

Iraq has been awarded hosting rights for this year’s West Asia Football Federation (WAFF) Championship, with the event to mark the first time the country has hosted a national team tournament since the 1990s.

FIFA has banned the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) from hosting international games due to a major increase in nationwide violence, barely three months after world football’s governing body gave the green light for matches to resume.

FIFA has warned that Iraq faces being kicked out of world football competitions after the country’s football association was disbanded by the Iraqi Olympic Committee.