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A family walks past raw sewage in Basra, Iraq, earlier this month. Basra is strategically crucial for Iraq. With a population of about 3 million people, Basra is Iraq's second-largest province and home to about 70 percent of the country's proven oil reserves of 143.1 billion barrels. (Associated Press)

A family walks past raw sewage in Basra, Iraq, earlier this month. Basra is strategically crucial for Iraq. With a population of about 3 million people, Basra is Iraq's second-largest province and home to about 70 percent of the country's proven oil reserves of 143.1 billion barrels. (Associated Press)

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