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An Iraqi protester waves a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on Sept. 7, during demonstrations over problems including poor public services. Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Months Of Protests Roil Iraq's Oil Capital Basra

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An Iraqi demonstrator poses outside the torched Iranian consulate on Friday, as protests over poor public services broke out in the city of Basra. Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington, D.C., in June 2014. Slatten was found guilty for his role in a deadly Baghdad shooting, but his conviction was overturned. On Wednesday, his retrial ended with a hung jury. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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A Mosul resident looks at the ruins of a damaged historic house in his neighborhood in Mosul's Old City. The United Nations estimates 8,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the fighting to take back this section of Iraq's second-biggest city. Jane Arraf / NPR hide caption

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'The Old City Will Come Back Better': Residents Of Mosul Return And Rebuild

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows Omar Ameen, who had been living in California as a refugee and was arrested Wednesday on a warrant alleging he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State. U.S. Attorney's Office via AP hide caption

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Protesters duck as Iraqi security forces fire tear gas during a demonstration against unemployment and a lack of basic services in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Sunday. Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Electricity Cuts, Anti-Government Unrest Grows In Southern Iraq

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The Um Jurius fire base is near Syria's border and Sinjar mountain, where minority Yazidis fled to escape an ISIS genocide in 2014. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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From Deep In The Iraqi Desert, A New U.S. Fire Base Targets ISIS In Syria

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Ancient artifacts smuggled into the U.S. and purchased by Hobby Lobby are shown at a May 2 event returning the artifacts to Iraq in Washington, D.C. The seized artifacts include cuneiform tablets from the little-known ancient city of Irisagrig. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Hobby Lobby's Illegal Antiquities Shed Light On A Lost, Looted Ancient City In Iraq

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The court in Baghdad where Iraq is trying suspects on terrorism charges. The defendants include more than 500 foreign women married to ISIS fighters. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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ISIS Wives, With Children In Tow, Are Handed Long Jail Sentences Or Death Penalty

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In this photo provided by the Iraqi government, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (right) and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hold a press conference in Baghdad on May 20. Sadr's coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections. AP hide caption

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Qusay Hussein, 29, survived a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2006. He lost his vision, nose and cheek before moving to the United States. He graduated from a community college in Texas on Thursday and aspires to be a psychologist. Courtesy of Qusay Hussein hide caption

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The Shorja market in central Baghdad, bustling in early April, was targeted in attacks in 2007. Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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15 Years After U.S. Invasion, Some Iraqis Are Nostalgic For Saddam Hussein Era

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Mosul's Great Mosque of al-Nuri was destroyed in June 2017 by ISIS as government forces closed in on the city. The United Arab Emirates will contribute $50.4 million to restore the mosque and other cultural landmarks. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Like other spring holidays, Sere Sal, the Yazidi new year, is about fertility and new life. An ancient Kurdish religious minority, the Yazidis color eggs for the holiday in honor of the colors that Tawus Melek, God's chief angel, is said to have spread throughout the new world. Nawaf Ashur hide caption

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Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters during a demonstration in Baghdad in 2017. He is now aligning himself with Communists ahead of Iraq's May election. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Saeed Ahmed Khalaf, left, and his family live in a tent on Mount Sinjar. He believes the U.S. would either help protect the Yazidis in Sinjar or help the group emigrate to a safe place. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Yazidis Remain In Fear On Iraq's Mount Sinjar After Attempted Genocide

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More than eight months after the battle ended the government hasn't restored electricity or running water in Mosul's Old City. Hundreds of residents with nowhere else to go have come back to try to live in their damaged houses. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Months After ISIS, Much Of Iraq's Mosul Is Still Rubble

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