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A U.S. soldier stands guard at the K1 Air Base near Kirkuk in northern Iraq A U.S. soldier stands guard at the K1 Air Base near Kirkuk in northern Iraq, March 29, 2020 (Photo by Ameer Al Mohammedaw for dpa via AP Images).

Biden Tries to Chart a Middle Course With Iraq Air Strikes

Monday, June 28, 2021

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Sunday’s overnight air strikes by the U.S. on militia targets in Iraq and Syria immediately rekindled an important debate about deterrence and sovereignty, but also the frustrating persistence of America’s “forever wars.” ...

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