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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, during a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The U.N. chief expressed deep concerns Monday over the deteriorating security situation in Iraq as an unprecedented standoff is underway between Iraqi troops and al-Qaida-linked militants in western Anbar province.(AP Photo/Ahmed Saadi, Pool)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, during a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The U.N. chief expressed deep concerns Monday over the deteriorating security situation in Iraq as an unprecedented standoff is underway between Iraqi troops and al-Qaida-linked militants in western Anbar province.(AP Photo/Ahmed Saadi, Pool)

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