BAGHDAD (AP) - A strict military ban on drinking alcohol in combat zones will be lifted next month, so American troops in Iraq can sip a cold one while watching the Super Bowl. In what is sure to be a major morale boost, the top U.S. commander in Iraq says American troops can have two 12-ounce beers during the Super Bowl without fear of being court-martialed. The military orders commanders to "keep in mind all host nation laws and customs regarding alcohol consumption." Alcohol isn't illegal in Iraq, but it is banned under Islam and extremists frequently target liquor stores. By the time the game kicks off this year it'll be about 2 a.m. in Baghdad.
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