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Special Report: How Iraq's Maliki defined limits of U.S. power

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JONATHAN ERNST

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrive to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, in this December 12, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrive to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, in this December 12, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files
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JASON REED

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other government officials in Baghdad in this March 24, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other government officials in Baghdad in this March 24, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files
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JONATHAN ERNST

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fixes his glasses during a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington in this December 12, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki fixes his glasses during a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington in this December 12, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files
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JONATHAN ERNST

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama address reporters in the Oval Office after meeting at the White House in Washington, in this November 1, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama address reporters in the Oval Office after meeting at the White House in Washington, in this November 1, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files
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GORAN TOMASEVIC

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square in this April 9, 2003 file photo. Goran Tomasevic/Files

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square in this April 9, 2003 file photo. Goran Tomasevic/Files
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STRINGER

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi in this June 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi in this June 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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JONATHAN ERNST

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) address reporters in the Oval Office after meeting at the White House in Washington in this November 1, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) address reporters in the Oval Office after meeting at the White House in Washington in this November 1, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files
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OSMAN ORSAL

Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi gestures during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, in this September 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/Files

Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi gestures during an interview with Reuters in Istanbul, in this September 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Osman Orsal/Files
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© Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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STRINGER

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul in this June 23, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul in this June 23, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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