Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki surveys damage to the foreign ministry building, five days after truck bombings struck in Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 19, 2009. The suicide bombings devastated the foreign and finance ministries, killing about 100 people and dealing a major blow to confidence in the country's security forces. Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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Amid Shifting Iraqi Politics, Maliki Takes A Gamble

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Nadia al-Izzi, a 35-year-old Iraqi woman, is the founder of D-Jerusalem, a construction and design firm. Izzi's company has completed projects building police stations, embassies and primary schools. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Women-Run Iraqi Firms Worry About U.S. Departure

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Iraq's Shiite Muslim Groups Unveil New Alliance

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Baghdad Blasts Kill At Least 95

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Odierno Seeks To Move Troops To Northern Iraq

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Censorship Fears Rise In Iraq

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Syria And Iraq Revive Business Ties

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Online Music Proceeds Could Help Iraqi Refugees

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Defiant Smugglers Ply Egypt-Gaza Border In Tunnels

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White House Works To Improve Relations With Syria

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Lebanon's Pro-Western Bloc Wins Election

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Lebanese Elections May Put Hezbollah In Charge

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Mixed Reaction In Cairo To Obama Speech

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