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Iraqi Boxer Lauded During Olympics Denied Visa

Najah Ali was celebrated by the U.S. State Department as an example of Iraq's bright future when he competed at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

But now the boxer has been denied a student visa to the United States to earn his Master's degree in computer science.

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