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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 Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (center) attends a funeral for two generals killed in fighting with Islamic State militants in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, in August. In an interview Monday with NPR, the Iraqi leader called on the U.S. to provide more airstrikes but said his country does not want ground forces from the U.S. or any other country. AP hide caption

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Iraqi Leader: We Want More U.S. Airstrikes, But Not U.S. Ground Troops

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Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, speaking Thursday in Washington, said recent battlefield victories showed the Islamic State could be defeated. The extremist group still holds large parts of the west and the north of Iraq. Kevin Wolf/Kevin Wolf hide caption

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Iraq's Leader Finds Friends In Washington, But Faces Battles At Home

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