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U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth (center) went with his Iraqi counterpart, Lt. Gen. Jalil Jabbar al-Rubaie (center left), for a tour of Baghdad's most crowded neighborhoods on Friday. Mootaz Sami/AP Images for NPR hide caption

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A U.S. Commander Went For A Rare Stroll In Baghdad. Many Iraqis Just Shrugged

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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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Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr carry his image as they celebrate in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, after the political alliance he backs appeared to gain the most votes in parliamentary elections. Hadi Mizban/AP hide caption

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Iraqis Deliver Surprising Results In First Big Election Since ISIS War

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Iraqis wave flags at a campaign rally for the Fateh Alliance, a coalition that includes Iranian-supported paramilitaries, in Baghdad on May 7. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Almost 7,000 Candidates Are Running For Election This Weekend In Iraq

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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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Supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chant slogans after breaking into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Friday. Ahmad al-Rubaye /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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