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Illustration on the U.S. failures in Iraq and Afghanistan by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Iraq and the emergence of Kurdistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Iraqi Kurds participate in parliamentary elections in Irbil, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region held long-delayed parliamentary elections on Sunday, a year after a vote for independence sparked a punishing backlash from Baghdad, leaving Kurdish leaders deeply divided. (AP Photo/Salar Salim)

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FILE - in this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces stand at the front line against Islamic State Group militants outside Mosul, Iraq. Iraq's mostly Shiite militia forces say they will participate in the next major battle against IS in Iraq after victory was declared in Mosul last month. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File)

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Map locates eight quakes along Iran-Iraq border; 2c x 3 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 88 mm;

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Iraq map (Courtesy of Tom Kelly)

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Illustration on the need for U.S. intervention in northern Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Iran's attacks on the Kurds in Iraq by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the challenges to allotting of territory in northern Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the elimination of ISIS in Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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In this photo taken on Sunday, July 30, 2017, birds get a water spray shower to beat the heat in a private Zoo in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's weather service warned Thursday that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security situation and lack of public services. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

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In this photo taken on Friday, July 28, 2017, Umm Ali gives her son a bath to beat the heat in the poor neighborhood of Fadhil in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's weather service warned Thursday that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security situation and lack of public services. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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In this photo taken on Saturday, July 29, 2017, people swim in the Shatt al-Arab waterway to beat the heat, near Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's weather service warned Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security situation and lack of public services. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

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In this photo taken on Sunday, July 30, 2017, a bear gets a water spray shower to beat the heat in a private Zoo in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's weather service warned Thursday that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security situation and lack of public services. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

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In this photo taken on Friday, July 28, 2017, children swim in the Tigris River to beat the heat in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's weather service warned Thursday that temperatures will increase next week in most parts of the country, with the highs expected to reach 51 degrees Celsius, or about 124 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the daily woes of Iraqi citizens already facing a deteriorated security situation and lack of public services.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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In this July 9, 2017 photo, destroyed buildings sit on the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. Iraq’s U.S.-backed forces succeeded in wresting Mosul from the Islamic State group but at the cost of enormous destruction. The nearly 9-month fight culminated in a crescendo of devastation _ the blasting of the historic Old City to root out the militants’ final pockets.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this July 13, 2017 photo, members of the Salih Ahmed family stand on the roof of their partially damaged house in the west side of Mosul, Iraq. Iraq’s U.S.-backed forces succeeded in wresting Mosul from the Islamic State group but at the cost of enormous destruction. The nearly 9-month fight culminated in a crescendo of devastation _ the blasting of the historic Old City to root out the militants’ final pockets.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this July 13, 2017 photo, Samaher Saddam cleans the entrance of her damaged house in the west side of Mosul, Iraq. The 9-month fight to defeat the Islamic State group in Mosul ended in a crescendo of devastation: bombardment that damaged or destroyed a third of its historic Old City in just three weeks. The cost of uprooting the militants was the destruction of large swaths of Iraq’s second largest city, leaving a population that is displaced, exhausted and potentially embittered if there is no reconstruction. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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In this July 11, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind destroyed buildings in the west side of Mosul, Iraq. The 9-month fight to defeat the Islamic State group in Mosul ended in a crescendo of devastation: bombardment that damaged or destroyed a third of its historic Old City in just three weeks. The cost of uprooting the militants was the destruction of large swaths of Iraq’s second largest city, leaving a population that is displaced, exhausted and potentially embittered if there is no reconstruction. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)