Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki votes in Baghdad on April 30. Maliki's alliance won the most seats in election results announced this week. But his party will still have to build a coalition with rival parties for him to keep the job he's had for the past eight years. AP hide caption

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An Iraqi schoolgirl passes a banner supporting a proposal that, among other things, would allow men to marry girls as young as 9. Opponents say it would mark a major setback for women and children. The Arabic on the banner reads: "The Jaafari Personal Status Law saves my rights and my dignity." Karim Kadim/AP hide caption

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A man walks past a huge election poster in Baghdad promoting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (center) and his political allies. Maliki has ruled for eight years and is seeking another four years. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rebel fighters inspect the wreckage of a Syrian army helicopter after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, allegedly destroyed it in March in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed Al-Khatieb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Iraqi riot police officer flashes the V-sign as his unit returns to its headquarters from clashes with al-Qaida fighters in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, in the restive Anbar Province. Nabil al-Jurani/AP hide caption

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In Fallujah on Saturday, Sunni fighters turned out for the funeral of a man killed by Iraqi army artillery fire. Mohammed Jalil /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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Mourners carry the coffin of a victim of a bomb attack on a Baghdad cafe on Tuesday. Violence in Iraq has spiked this year. The bodies of 18 men were found Friday in a Sunni area near Baghdad. Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is welcomed by Vice President Biden in Washington on Wednesday. Maliki is asking for U.S. military hardware to fight radical groups behind a recent surge in violence in Iraq. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Mourners carry the coffin of a car bomb victim during the funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq, last week. Violence is on the rise in Iraq, but it is receiving little international attention. AP hide caption

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Syrian refugees stand in line for food at Kawergost refugee camp in Irbil, Iraq, on Aug. 21. The Syrian civil war has already sparked a refugee crisis in the region. Now, many countries are waiting to see the effects of a possible U.S. military strike. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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