Iraq to host soccer’s Gulf Cup for the first time since 1979


              Kuwait's Bader Tareq, center, fights for the ball against Iraq's players, during a friendly football match between Kuwait and Iraq at the Sports City Stadium in Basra, Iraq, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Iraq defeated Kuwait by 1-0. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
            
              From the left, Iraq's Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah II talk during the second Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, at the Dead Sea, Jordan, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Leaders from the Middle East and Europe gathered in Jordan Tuesday in a conference focused on bolstering security and stability in Iraq. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
            
              Kuwait's Mahdi Hussain, center, fights for the ball against Iraq's players, during a friendly football match between Kuwait and Iraq at the Sports City Stadium in Basra, Iraq, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Iraq defeated Kuwait by 1-0. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
            
              This aerial photo shows the New Minaa Olympic Stadium, built to accommodate  30,000 spectators, in Basra, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
            
              Kuwait's Ali Khalaf, left, vies for the ball with Iraq's Ali Faez, right, during a friendly football match between Kuwait and Iraq at the Sports City Stadium in Basra, Iraq, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. Iraq defeated Kuwait by 1-0. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
Iraq to host soccer’s Gulf Cup for the first time since 1979