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  • In this image made from television, Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul-Qadir al-Ubaidi (center), accompanied by soldiers, inspects the site of a suicide bombing at a military headquarters in Baghdad on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. (AP Photo/APTN)

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