The Lions of Mesopotamia's star striker insists there is nothing to fear in their final AFC World Cup qualifying group and is confident the 2007 Asian champions can progress
The 2007 Asian champions were drawn in Group B alongside the two 2011 Asian Cup finalists as well as West Asian pair Jordan and Oman.
Mahmoud, who has 101 caps for his country and played a key role in Iraq's 2007 Asian Cup triumph, told reporters that the improving Jordan and Oman were the teams to look out for in the group.
"Some may fear Australia and Japan, but I'm against that and we don't fear anybody and if we should fear somebody it'd be Jordan and Oman, as they will be facing us aggressively seeking for demonstrating their abilities and that they are not there by chance, not forgetting to mention also that they are two teams that improved so much," 29-year-old Mahmoud said.
"As for Australia and Japan, they are great teams but so we are and we can afford to take responsibilities."
Mahmoud, who currently plays his football with Qatari club Al Wakrah, will begin their fourth round World Cup qualifying campaign on June 3 away to Jordan.