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Soldiers in Iraq are trained in counterdrone warfare, but the Pentagon says unmanned aerial systems are proliferating and have been seen flying near military installations in the U.S. (U.S. Army photograph)

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Illustration on withdrawal from Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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A rocket-rigged truck launcher is shown after last week's rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State is evacuating smaller bases in Iraq to shift troops to larger, easier to defend bases. (Media Security Cell via ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Iraqi prime minister Tawfiq Allawi Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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In this Dec. 3, 2010, photo, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Sean Willis, 35, from Denver, N.C. stands with fellow soldiers from 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq as the unit gathers before beginning their 18-hour journey home after a year in Iraq. The first time Sgt. 1st Class Willis returned from Iraq in 2003, he was whisked away to attend the birth of his son. Four deployments later, his seven-year-old son, Aidan, was on hand to meet him at Fort Stewart, Ga. More than seven years after 1st Brigade entered Baghdad as the first conventional U.S. forces in Iraq, its soldiers are coming home from a yearlong deployment that saw the end of combat operations. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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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)