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U.S. Army Lieutenant Patrick Mulvaney arrives at Fort Hood, Texas after being part of one of the last American combat units to exit from Iraq in December 2011. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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US seeks legal protection for troops going to Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon expects Iraq to agree in writing to legal protections for the military advisory teams that President Barack Obama is sending as part of an effort to stiffen Iraqi defenses against insurgents, a spokesman said Friday.

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President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, at  the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama: US sending only military advisors to Iraq

In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq's stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a full-scale civil war.

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President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev.,  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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What to do in Iraq? Obama consults Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama briefed leaders of Congress on options for quelling an al-Qaida-inspired insurgency in Iraq as Republicans lawmakers and administration officials clashed Wednesday over who is to blame for the militants' lightning gains.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Kerry: US Open to Talks with Iran over Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists. Kerry also says U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.

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Iraq Fighting May Hike Gas Prices [AUDIO]

With renewed fighting in Iraq, New Jersey drivers are worried they may be in for another round of pump price hikes -- just when they thought it was safe to return to the gas station.

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Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
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US Readies New Aid to Iraq

The United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq to help slow a violent insurgent march that is threatening to take over the nation's north, officials said Wednesday.

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Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
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Iraqi PM’s Alliance is Biggest Election Winner

A coalition led by Iraq's Shiite prime minister emerged Monday as the biggest winner in the country's first parliamentary elections since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011, electoral officials said, as the embattled premier is seeking a third term in office despite political turmoil and rising violence.

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Secretary of State John Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Kerry Arrives In Iraq On Unannounced Visit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq on an unannounced visit to urge Iraqi leaders to overcome sectarian differences that still threaten the country's stability following the 10-year anniversary of the American-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

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al-Qaida Making Comeback in Iraq, Officials Say

Iraqi and U.S. officials say al-Qaida is rebuilding in Iraq.

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al-Qaida Blamed For Deadly Iraq Attacks

At least 55 people are now reported dead in a series of attacks across a wide area of Iraq today.

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